New stadium gets high-tech display

Aggies who visit the new campus stadium will see a scoreboard with some pretty advanced technology.

The new home of UC Davis football features a high-definition video screen about 19 feet high and 24 feet long. It was made by Daktronics Inc., the South Dakota company that also installed the big electronic signs in the UC Davis Pavilion (formerly Rec Hall). The stadium sign can handle live broadcasts, instant replays, graphic overlays, and public service announcements during games and events.

IET-Mediaworks/Classroom Technology Services lent a hand with this UC Davis Athletics project. As the in-house production company, Mediaworks will run the video screen for all home football games. Also, the broadcast cables that snaked across Toomey Field won't clutter the ground here; Mediaworks will link its TV truck to a parking-lot pedestal that has underground cables connecting to about 10 locations in the stadium. (Other broadcast crews can also use the pedestal, but only Mediaworks' crew will send video to the screen.)

In the planning phase, Alex Antipa, a TV tech for Mediaworks, helped prepare for the broadcast service by staking out areas for TV trucks, equipment, and other needs.

Aggie Stadium officially opens in September, although the women's lacrosse team has already played on the field.