Norfolk State University continues to make significant upgrades to its athletic facilities, as was announced late in the summer that the institution has partnered with Daktronics, Inc., to design, manufacture and install a state-of-the-art, four-sided high-definition video board display at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall this fall.
In addition, Daktronics is replacing the entire sound system at Echols Hall. The entire $1.6 million project will also include nine new high-definition scorer’s tables and four single-sided LED scoreboard displays to be located in the four corners of the arena. The system is scheduled to be installed before the start of the 2016-17 basketball season.
“These new displays are going to change the environment in Echols Hall for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball,” said Athletics Director Marty L. Miller. “This is an investment that will result in positive returns for the athletics department and the entire institution.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this fantastic upgrade to Echols Hall,” said Charley Bocklet, Daktronics regional manager. “The new center-hung, with its excellent video and graphics capabilities, complimented by a complete new audio system, will surely excite the fans and create a terrific new atmosphere for the Spartans.”
The entire center-hung display measures 11 feet tall by 20.5 feet wide. The main video display will measure 8 feet wide by 16.5 feet tall on each side. An LED ring display measuring 2 feet tall by 54 feet circumference will sit underneath the main displays. Another big part of the project is the replacement of the current sound system. The new system, including loudspeakers and amplifiers, were installed during the month-long construction.