Scope of Work: Design, Financial Modeling, Procurement, Construction Oversight.Petersen Events Center: LED Display Systems, Scoring, Integrated Digital and Static Signage.
Fitzgerald Field House: LED Display Systems.
Ambrose Urbanic Field: LED Display Systems.
ACC Network Broadcast Production Facility: Broadcast Engineering, Broadcast and Production Controls, Infrastructure Cabling, Campus Fiber System, Audio, Lighting.
AJP enjoyed the opportunity to once again work with Pitt Athletics and the University of Pittsburgh as Owner’s Representative and AV Technology Consultant on upgrades of Petersen Events Center. The eye-catching centerhung features four convex 3.9mm LED video displays and measures 654 sq. ft. At its center, a unique yellow bridge rises above the displays, honoring the sister bridges in downtown Pittsburgh. End zone upgrades included two 10mm pixel pitch end zone displays measure 16.5 feet high by 31 feet wide for stats and game information, along with custom static branding (illuminated Panther Head) and decorative signage (outline of The Cathedral of Learning).
A new 6mm LED Scorer’s Table (2.1 feet high by 50 feet wide) comes with six 2- by 8-ft. panels of lighting that allows sponsorship and other messaging to run along courtside. The sideline-facing Court-level LED each measure approximately 15 feet high by 28 feet wide and the end-line facing LED displays each measure 15 feet high by 16.5 feet wide.
In addition to the equipment installation negotiated during the Procurement process, the school will also receive custom digital content created and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services.
“Competitively, this centerhung sets us apart in college athletics because we are now the only college in the country that has a sub–4-mm board,’ says Seth Graham, assistant athletic director, information technology, University of Pittsburgh…“The centerhung has taken us from a college-type venue to one with more of a pro-style look…What we have now is a more video-oriented structure. Our rallies look better because, before, we could show them only on the fascia, scorer’s table, and the top boards. The sequence of playing the intro video and introducing the players has become ten times better. It has become an integral part of the game presentation.”
“We’re looking to install a robotic 360-degree camera under the centerhung around December,” Graham says. “We’ll be able to show tipoffs from up above and have an angle that you’re not used to seeing in college [productions]. Pitt has invested a lot in video content over the past 12 months, and the videoboard is just another piece of that commitment.”
SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL LED DISPLAY SYSTEM UPGRADES
In concert with the upgrades to Petersen, AJP helped Pittsburgh to simultaneously procure technology for Fitzgerald Field House and Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Fitzgerald Field House, home of Pitt volleyball as well as wrestling and gymnastics, received two new end-wall 5.9mm LED video displays (approximately 10 feet high by 23 feet wide). Ambrose Urbanic Field, the Pitt men’s and women’s soccer venue, now has a new 10mm video display at the end of the field measuring 17 feet high by 30 feet wide.
ACC NETWORK BROADCAST PRODUCTION STUDIO
In 2018, Anthony James Partners worked closely with Pitt Athletics and the University of Pittsburgh to develop a 6000-square-foot broadcast facility installation at Petersen Events Center. Learn more about the project here:
September 19, 2019
PITT UPGRADES FACILITIES WITH NEW VIDEO DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh has partnered with Daktronics of Brookings, S.D., to add new LED video display technology at multiple athletic facilities on campus, including the first centerhung in collegiate sports featuring less than 4-millimeter LED line spacing.
Fans of the Pitt basketball, volleyball and soccer programs will be welcomed by a new visual experience on game day as the Petersen Events Center, Fitzgerald Field House and Ambrose Urbanic Field have received new LED technology this fall. The Panthers’ gymnastics and wrestling teams will also receive a boost in the overall game day experience this winter as a result of the new board at Fitzgerald Field House.
“Thanks to a great partnership with Pitt Sports Marketing and our JMI Sports team, we have installed video boards that should help us create one of the best in-venue viewing experiences in all of college basketball,” said Director of Athletics Heather Lyke. “When you combine the Oakland Zoo, the court flip, the addition of public Wi-Fi and now this video component our commitment to enhancing the gameday experience for our fans is absolutely being realized. We had great technology partners with our campus facilities management team and our technology advisors, Anthony James Partners (AJP) as well as tremendous leadership from our Assistant AD, Seth Graham and our Deputy AD, Christian Spears who led this project.”
Inside Petersen Events Center, the centerhung features four outward-curved LED video displays totaling eight million LEDs. Each display features 3.9-millimeter line spacing, the only collegiate display with line spacing closer than 4 millimeters. The sideline-facing displays each measure approximately 15 feet high by 28 feet wide and the end-line facing displays each measure 15 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. Two end-wall displays feature 10-millimeter line spacing and measure 16.5 feet high by 31 feet wide.
The Fitzgerald Field House, home to the No. 6 ranked Pitt volleyball team as well as wrestling and gymnastics, received two new end-wall LED video displays. Each features 5.9-millimeter line spacing and measures approximately 10 feet high by 23 feet wide.
The Pitt men’s and women’s soccer venue, Ambrose Urbanic Field, now has new video display at the end of the field measuring 17 feet high by 30 feet wide and features 10-millimeter line spacing.
These displays are capable of variable content zoning allowing them each to show one large image or to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.
“Daktronics is very proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the University of Pittsburgh,” said Scott Willson, Daktronics sales representative. “These new displays will have a tremendous impact in informing, entertaining and engaging fans, sponsors and student-athletes across the campus.”
The Petersen Events Center also received six LED scorer’s tables. Each measures approximately 2 feet high by 8 feet wide and features 6-millimeter line spacing. These tables can be set up in any configuration to show additional statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages during events.
In addition to the equipment installation, Pitt will be receiving custom digital content created and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services.