Scope of Work: Design, Financial Modeling, Procurement and Construction Oversight.
Ross-Ade Stadium: LED Display Systems, Sound Reinforcement System, Integrated Digital and Static Signage.
Mackey Arena: LED Display Systems, Scoring, Integrated Digital and Static Signage.
The first true HDR scoreboard – and one of the largest in college football! Anthony James Partners (AJP) is proud to have once again had the opportunity to work with Purdue University as Owner’s Representative, Design Consultant and AV Consultant on exciting technology upgrades for Ross-Ade Stadium. Taking a phased approach, the school started with a sound system overhaul in 2018, followed by the installation of a “Monster” LED ribbon display in the north end. Winter 2020 brought a huge, state-of-the-art primary scoreboard for the south end designed to adapt to future architectural upgrades.
AJP also worked with Purdue on design, procurement and construction oversight for Mackey Arena technology upgrades, including a uniquely cool center hung scoreboard design. For more information, visit://anthonyjamespartners.com/portfolio/purdue-university-mackey-arena/
THE FIRST COLLEGIATE HDR SCOREBOARD
Not only is Ross-Ade Stadium’s new south end zone primary scoreboard the first HDR (high-dynamic range) board in college football, but it’s also one for the largest! The $10 million project features a high definition, 10mm pixel pitch scoreboard at 56-feet, 9-inches high by 150-feet, 4-inches feet wide. Four times larger than its predecessor, the scoreboard represents the first HDR (high-dynamic range) board in the collegiate space, providing a significantly sharper image and vibrant color. The project involved architectural planning and structural engineering to position the board 30 feet closer to the field, at the back end of the south end zone patio. AJP’s scoreboard design finishes and accents included a header with backlit school identification lettering (“PURDUE”), and a huge “P” logo placed on the back of the board.
“MONSTER” LED RIBBON BOARD DISPLAY
AJP worked with Purdue Athletics to come up with a design for a 375-foot wide by 10-foot high video ribbon board for Ross-Ade’s north end that replaced an outdated digital scoreboard. An AJP innovation, the monster ribbon pumps up game excitement, and features statistics, scores from the Big Ten and around the country along with advertisements and messages.
SOUND REINFORCEMENT SYSTEM
AJP worked with the University and Athletics Department to design the Sound Reinforcement System for the 57,000 seat stadium using Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers/DSP. AJP supported the school through the procurement process, resulting in a system install awarded to All Pro Integrated Systems.
The system included three Danley J6-42 Jericho Horns for long throw across the field to the opposite side of the Memorial Stadium and two Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns for the nearer stands. Four directional Danley BC415 subwoofers fill in the low end, an additional Danley J3-94 Jericho Horn for the field, and four Danley SH46 loudspeakers provide near fill. Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifiers power the system, with onboard DSP for loudspeaker conditioning, and a QSC Q-Sys system provides all of the front-end processing and interfacing.
November 14, 2019
NEW VIDEO BOARD FOR ROSS-ADE STADIUM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The next step in enhancing the fan experience at Purdue football games is a big one: the installation of a new video board at the south end of Ross-Ade Stadium for the 2020 season.
The new board will be one of the largest in the country for college football, measuring 150-feet, 4-inches wide and 56-feet, 9-inches high. Those measurements are more than four times bigger than the current board (68 feet by 31 feet), which debuted in 2007. The new board will show live action and replays at 10-millimeter resolution, with the capability to be windowed into multiple screens to provide a variety of game-related information.
The board will be the first HDR (high-dynamic range) board in college football, providing a significantly sharper picture and richer color.
In addition, the board will be positioned 30 feet closer to the field, situated at the back end of the south end zone patio. Purdue Athletics officials are examining ways to minimize the effect on patio space and associated customer service.
“We believe our fans will find the live in-stadium experience at Ross-Ade is enhanced by the addition of this prominent, state-of-the-art video board,” said Mike Bobinski, Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. “The unique combination of the board’s size, clarity of image and proximity to the field and seating bowl will be second to none in college football.”
A backlit PURDUE wordmark will face north, while a backlit P logo will adorn the back of the board.
Daktronics is the board supplier, while F.A. Wilhelm Construction is the general contractor.
Work on the project will begin the first week of December with demolition of the brick structure that houses the current video board. Substantial completion is slated for Aug. 1, 2020. The Boilermakers’ 2020 home opener is Sept. 12 against Memphis.
Ross-Ade celebrates its 97th season as the home of Purdue football in 2020.
The project is being funded by donor gifts.
RECENT ROSS-ADE STADIUM ENHANCEMENTS
2017 – Permanent lighting is installed at a cost of $5.6 million.
2018 – The field is resodded with Latitude 36 Bermuda grass. A new sound system is installed. The south tower that houses the video board is repainted and rebranded, while branding and signage enhancements are made at the north end of Ross-Ade and throughout the stadium. A brick facade is put in at field level. Improvements are made to the visiting team locker room, including air conditioning, new chairs, stools and sports medicine amenities.
2019 – A 375-foot wide by 10-foot high video ribbon board is added at the north end. Branding and signage enhancements are made to the concourse. The Tyler Trent Student Gate is dedicated Sept. 7.
November 15, 2018
“THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET” RIVALS AGREE ON ONE THING: DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS ARE THE BEST FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE FOOTBALL STADIUMS
BLOOMINGTON / WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA – Much more than the mere hundred miles between them separates Indiana University and Purdue University. As Indiana’s two land-grant institutions and with massive student bodies of around 40,000 each, Indiana University and Purdue share and foment a rivalry that’s been raging for well over a century. In football, the rivalry is institutionalized in the tradition of the “Old Oaken Bucket,” a trophy that goes to whichever team emerges victorious from their annual game. Recently, both Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium (52,000 seats) and Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium (57,000 seats) underwent sound reinforcement system overhauls, and, despite their rivalry, both schools used Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers/DSP. Indiana University and Purdue join the ranks of other universities – including Alabama, LSU, Penn State, Michigan State, Northwestern, and the University of Iowa – that rely on Danley systems in their football stadiums.
Larry Lucas, Director of Audio-Visual Services at Anthony James Partners, designed both systems, citing Danley’s fidelity, output, and pattern control for the success of his other big stadium projects. Florida-based All Pro Integrated Systems took Lucas’s designs and ensured all the fine details and logistics were in order – including coordination with structural engineers and Indiana University and Purdue staff – so that the All Pro technicians could install the systems efficiently and successfully. All Pro Design Engineer Michael Walden was involved in both projects and experienced the Indiana-Purdue rivalry firsthand. “We were at Purdue, and after the first kickoff, I heard the crowd chant something,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘that couldn’t have been what it sounded like’, but then I heard it again the next time Purdue kicked off. It sounded like ‘IU sucks,’ but Purdue was playing Northwestern, not Indiana! When I heard it the third time I was in the control booth, and everyone confirmed what I thought I was hearing. The rivalry is so deep that Purdue takes a jab at Indiana even when they’re playing some other team!”
The system at Indiana went in on a temporary basis last year in conjunction with a scoreboard overhaul. The temporary system included two Danley J6-42 Jericho Horns for long throw across the field to the opposite side of the Memorial Stadium and two Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns for the nearer sides of the stadium. The temporary system was on a new scoreboard on the south end of the stadium, and it also used four Danley OS80 loudspeakers for near fill. When the system recently moved to the new permanent scoreboard on the north end of the stadium, All Pro retained all of the Jericho Horns and supplemented them with four directional Danley BC218 subwoofers, an additional Danley J3-94 Jericho Horn for the field, and eight Danley GO2-8CX loudspeakers for coverage of the deck directly below the scoreboard.
Fifteen four-channel Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifiers with onboard DSP power the system with a total of 300,000 watts. While they handle the loudspeaker conditioning using Danley’s adjustable presets, a QSC Q-Sys DSP handles the user interface, routing, and input conditioning. Whereas communication between a Yamaha CL-series console and its stage box happens via Dante, All Pro was able to set up communication between the console, the Q-Sys system, and the Danley amplifiers using AES67.
Purdue’s system is similar to Indiana’s, except it’s a little bit larger to match Ross-Ade’s slightly larger size. Three Danley J6-42 Jericho Horns fire across the stadium, with two Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns, again, covering the nearer stands. Four of the larger directional Danley BC415 subwoofers fill in the low end, a J3-94 again covers the field, and four Danley SH46 loudspeakers provide near fill. Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifiers power the system, again, with onboard DSP for loudspeaker conditioning, and a QSC Q-Sys system provides all of the front-end processing and interfacing.
“I was impressed by how much directivity the Danley systems could provide at Indiana University and Purdue,” Walden said. “Both systems have much higher intelligibility than previous systems, not only because Danley’s output is so transparent, but also because the pattern control lets us cover the stands without bleeding onto the field. As a result, the referee’s microphone has much higher gain-before-feedback, which means less equalization and processing and thus a cleaner, more natural sound.”