BROOKINGS, S.D. – After a year of diligent planning, and following several other momentum-building events, the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee staged its spectacular XLV Countdown Live from Cowboys Stadium on Friday, Sept. 10. A 60' Daktronics (DAKT- Nasdaq) LED video display, provided by Argyle, TX-based GoVision, served as the main backdrop for the jam-packed evening of entertainment.
With more than 200 stars on hand to speak, sing, play or perform during the evening's festivities, every one of the nearly 37,000 attendees wanted a close-up view of the stage. Corporate Magic (www.corporatemagicinc.com), the official event producer of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, enlisted the expertise of GoVision to construct and provide the LED centerpiece to do just that.
“Only the lower tier of the stadium was used during the event to provide an intimate feel in the massive venue,” said Chris Curtis, president of GoVision (www.jumbo.tv), one of the nation's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls. “We were asked to provide the center stage display for the event, and by using 90 panels of our Daktronics PST-12HD inventory, we gave attendees seated at floor level an incredible, full-video experience.”
The two-and-a-half hour event began with internationally acclaimed pianist Van Cliburn, who performed a regal interpretation of the “National Anthem.” The NFL Players Choir followed – featuring 28 retired stars, including local favorites Tim Brown and Rocket Ismail – with a gospel-infused rendition of “America the Beautiful.” It was the first stadium performance for both the orchestra and the choir.
The star-studded night proceeded with NFL Films celebrating 50 years of Cowboys history, accompanied by the 102-piece University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Jerry Jones honored Emmitt Smith's recent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Cowboys legends Roger Staubach, Darren Woodson, Larry Brown, Tony Dorsett and Charles Haley took turns recounting the five Super Bowl titles won during the club's glory days.
Then, Tim McGraw and his band took the stage and rocked the house with his chart-topping country hits. A dazzling fireworks show punctuated the end of the concert, concluding the evening's festivities.
The Daktronics LED display sat inconspicuously at center stage throughout the evening giving attendees a close look at the stage, Cowboys historic video highlights and finally served as a visually engaging backdrop for Tim McGraw's performance.
Daktronics PST-12HD panels are also visible on the outside corners of Cowboys Stadium, where eight plaza displays greet guests as they approach the stadium. As the lightest-weight panel of its kind they are the ideal solution for concert touring and sporting events. The portable product features 7,000 nits of intensity, a revolutionary pixel layout for premium contrast, superior viewing angles giving everyone in attendance a great view and 19-bit image processing for industry-leading image quality.
About GoVisionâ„¢ - GoVision L.P. (www.jumbo.tv) provides affordable day or night, larger-than-life video broadcast for outdoor and indoor events nationwide through state-of-the-art LED walls and a fleet of custom-built mobile units. Its fleet ranges from GoBigger, the world's largest mobile high-definition LED screen, to GoTron, a 9' x 12' screen perfect for events with smaller crowds and budgets, and everything in between. GoVision boasts the world's largest inventory of Daktronics 12HD modular rental equipment. The company has had a prominent role in countless national events, including the 55th (Bush) and 56th (Obama) Presidential Inaugurations, the Breeders' Cup, Olympic Torch Relay and Lance Armstrong's Ride for the Roses. The Argyle, Texas-based company is the screen provider of the NCAA Final Four, Texas Motor Speedway, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the University of Oklahoma and San Jose State football teams, and several PGA tournaments.
About Daktronics - Daktronics is recognized as the world's leading provider for full-color LED video systems. Such Daktronics systems, used in both modular and fixed-installation applications, feature a host of patented manufacturing, image processing and control system techniques and technologies that provide it a significant competitive advantage in the LED video marketplace. Since 2001, independent market research conducted by iSuppli Corp. lists Daktronics as the world's leading provider of large screen LED video display systems. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.daktronics.com.