Source: Daktronics

BROOKINGS, S.D. - June 13, 2013 - When the University of New Mexico (UNM) football team returns to the gridiron at Branch Field at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., this fall, it will be greeted with the largest single LED video display in the Mountain West. The LED video display will be designed and manufactured by Daktronics (Nasdaq - DAKT) of Brookings, S.D., and installed in August of 2013. The new display will measure 32 feet high by 80 feet wide and feature a 15HD pixel layout.

"This LED display is an important and necessary step in pushing Lobo football and our game-day experience in University Stadium to a new level," said Paul Krebs, Vice President for Athletics, UNM. "More improvements are on the way as we hope to announce a major upgrade to our in-venue Wi-Fi capability later this summer. We are committed to enhancing the overall fan experience and strongly encourage Lobo fans to purchase season tickets, attend every home game and turn Branch Field into one of the top home-field advantages in the Mountain West."

The university will use the video display to energize its fans with live video and instant replays. UNM will be able to separate the display into smaller sections to provide up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information, and other graphics and animations.

The wide angle capability of the display will offer every fan a superb view of all the content shown. It will incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast in the harshest viewing scenarios while also offering multiple levels of protection from the elements.

"The University of New Mexico was looking for a premier LED video display to reward its dedicated fans with an elevated game-day experience, and we worked with its athletic department to fit its needs," said Brady Jacobsen, Daktronics sales representative. "We're excited for the upcoming installation and can't wait to see the display in action this fall."

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.

About Lobo Football and Branch Field at University StadiumNew Mexico is embarking on its second season under coach Bob Davie. The Lobos' 4-9 record during his first season gave the program one more win than it had during the three previous seasons combined. UNM ranked fifth in the country in rushing offense in 2012 with an average of 301.3 yards per game, and running back Kasey Carrier set a school single-season record with 1,469 rushing yards.

University Stadium has been home to Lobo Football - of the Mountain West - since 1960 and boasts a capacity of 39,224. For the 2012 season, the field was stripped of natural grass, FieldTurf was installed and the field was officially named Branch Field in honor of Margaret and Turner Branch. Since 2006, the venue has been home to the New Mexico Bowl, a Division I bowl game. The Lobos have played in two of those seven bowl games.

About Daktronics Daktronics is recognized as the world's leading provider of full-color LED video displays. Daktronics began manufacturing large screen, full-color, LED video displays in 1997. Since then, thousands of large screen video displays have been sold and installed around the world. Since 2001, independent market research conducted by iSuppli Corp. lists Daktronics as the world's leading provider of large screen LED video displays. For more information, visit http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at sales@daktronics.com, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 325-8766 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5128 Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.