Dramatic improvements in fan experience amenities and game atmosphere will highlight upgrades to Bramlage Coliseum, as K-State Athletics announced that a new high-definition Panasonic center-hung video board, six additional LED displays and a state-of-the-art, innovative lighting and sound systems will be installed this fall.
In keeping with its goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, K-State Athletics partnered with Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW), one of the top acoustical consulting and electronic systems design firms in the country, to manage the project, which will begin later this summer and be completed in October. WJHW, which is based out of Dallas, is well known for its work in sports, convention centers and concert venues.
The focus of the nearly $2.4 million in enhancements will be the unique Panasonic center-hung 25’x 18’ SMD LED videoboard, which will have a display more than four times larger than the existing videoboard in Bramlage Coliseum. The four-sided videoboard features a 6mm high-definition display on each face with a 5-foot upper ring and 2-foot, 4-inch lower ring for statistics, crowd engagement and sponsor integration.
Six additional 6mm LED displays will be installed above the seating on the north and south ends of the arena with three located above Sections 12-15 on the north end and three above Section 24 to Section 1 on the south end. These displays will provide additional opportunities for crowd engagement, out of town scores and sponsor integration. The total cost of the main video board and six LED displays will be $1.4 million.
Additionally, the system will be powered by Panasonic’s next generation of LED controller. Based on the same software that all major sports networks around the world use, this exclusive solution generates real-time graphics and animation in true three-dimensional space. This creates among the most dynamic presentations of statistics, graphics and interactive features seen at any college venue.
The sound system in Bramlage Coliseum will be replaced with the best of class in modern audio equipment, including nearly 100 total loudspeakers, and utilize the latest amplifier and digital signal processing with more than 200,000 watts of amplification. The increased speaker locations will provide for more distribution of sound, while also improving audio clarity throughout the arena. The project will be managed by Pro Media/UltraSound and cost $660,000.
The new LED lighting system will provide a more efficient and higher quality of output in the arena and allows for special effects during pregame introductions and during special halftime shows and recognitions. The project will be directed by Musco Lighting and cost approximately $300,000.
The improvements will mark the first to Bramlage Coliseum since the construction of the $18 million Basketball Training Facility to the east side in August 2012 and the first significant renovation to the interior of the arena since the addition of Loge Boxes in 2007. The new video boards and sound system replace existing ones last renovated in 2000-01.
Funding for the upgrades will be made through general athletic department revenue without the aid of tax, tuition or general university dollars. These improvements are yet another example of the margin of excellence provided by the generous support of Ahearn Fund donors and season ticket holders.