Thursday, September 27, 2012

Allen Fieldhouse to get new HD video board

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson swoops into the lane under Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash as the Jayhawks work against a zone defense during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson swoops into the lane under Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash as the Jayhawks work against a zone defense during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Allen Fieldhouse is about to get a whole lot clearer.

Fans in attendance for the annual “Late Night in the Phog” event on Oct. 12 will be the first to experience a new high-definition (HD) video board and control room inside Kansas University's home basketball arena.

According to a release from KU, the new Daktronics video board is currently being installed and is scheduled to be completed on October 8. The center-hung scoreboard will remain as the same structure; however, the new video portion will increase to 18 feet wide and nearly 10 feet tall with HD resolution, which is three feet wider and a foot taller than the previous standard definition board.

To accompany the HD video board, Alpha Video also has been brought into Allen Fieldhouse to upgrade the Rock Chalk Video control room with HD capabilities.

The new control room will be built in the same location as the current control room and will largely mimic the equipment, functionality and workflow of the HD control room at Memorial Stadium. The new control room will feature five HD studio cameras, a production switcher, an audio and video routing switcher with integrated multi-image viewers, an 8-channel slow-motion system, a dual channel clip server, a character generator and playback/recording equipment.

“We are excited to upgrade the video board and control room in Allen Fieldhouse to HD to give the fans of Kansas the best in-game experience in the country,” said Mike Lickert, Director of Rock Chalk Video.


Kent Fisher 9 years, 10 months ago

It's too bad the sound system can't be improved to match the quality of the video. The sound is muffled and distorted, and hard to understand.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

That's just the sound of 16,300 (+) fans screaming at the top of their lungs.

Seth Amott 9 years, 10 months ago

I don't know that there is too much you can do, a building like that is a nightmare for a sound engineer. Of course, the same things that make a good sound system impossible make it the loudest arena in College Basketball. So I'll take it.

Bill Skeet 9 years, 10 months ago

AFH has always had bad acoustics.. but that didn't stop them from hosting some memorable concerts. I saw Cheap Trick and the music was cacophonic. Kansas (Loverboy was opening act), and the Doobie Brothers -- at least you could identify the songs.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 9 years, 10 months ago

I saw Cheap Trick in '79 or so. Was that the same one? Right after the Live at Budokan album. 16th row. Horrific sound but my first concert so I still remember it fondly

Michael Pannacciulli 9 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. Strange that HD is just now being installed? It wil be a nice addition nonetheless.

soundy_tech_1 9 years, 10 months ago

It's not the sound system. The sound system is a world-class Electro-Voice X-Array ( system designed by competent acoustical engineers at Daktronics. I wouldn't trade it for any other type of system out there. There are two problems: first, there's no sound system in the world that will get louder than 16,300 KU fans shouting as loud as they can. Second, and more important, is that the reverberation time of the Fieldhouse (in basic terms, how "echoy" the space is) is far too long for good speech intelligibility, even with the sound system. Why not fix it? If you reduce the reverberation time, the room will seem quieter and we will loose our "loudest basketball arena in the US" title.

hawk316 9 years, 10 months ago

soundy, thank you for taking the time to provide that very helpful and informative post. I now feel better educated! Excellent.

KGphoto 9 years, 10 months ago

Get those recruits' faces up there early and often. Maybe even run highlight reels of each one and let the crowd respond. Give 'em a real feel for what it sounds like to have Jayhawk Nation rooting for you.

Eric TheCapn 9 years, 10 months ago

How about a photo of the current video board? Or the new one under construction? Please?

Priest Fontaine 9 years, 10 months ago

It blows my mind that we are just now upgrading to HD. Was there a funding problem or something to cause delays? I guess this explains why some of the non-ESPN/FOX/major network games looked like an Atari game on the HD flat screens at my local sportsbar in Brooklyn.

Now we need to hire a talented architect to blow away Kentucky's new student-athlete housing:

And then throw in a building attached to the Fieldhouse that properly showcases the original bball rules.

and check this out:

Scott Smetana 9 years, 10 months ago

Great video on Barclays new arena. It's so ridiculous why we can't have the Final 4 in here or one of the other awesome NBA arenas in this country. Ever try to watch a game in an NFL dome when the court is in the middle? I have, it STINKS!!!

Lonnie Ross Dillon 9 years, 10 months ago

Not sure what you mean...the video board has nothing to do with broadcast quality of the games...

soundy_tech_1 9 years, 10 months ago

Like someone said, this is just the video board inside the Fieldhouse. Broadcasts have been in HD for some time - that's up to the network. If the quality is poor on TV, it's because the network broadcasting it screwed up.

We didn't have an HD board before now because professional HD video is ungodly expensive. It's not like just buying an HDTV - I'm sure this upgrade is over a million dollars.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

The heck with the Barclay need to check out the Nets Brooklynettes Cheerleader outfits..Wowwee Kazowweee!!!

Chris Bruning 9 years, 10 months ago

all i know is props to whoever puts the videos together, they do an absolute amazing job!!!! The difference in KU and Duke's intro videos are far far apart.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey, on this new video board, lets start running clips of all the old NFL players suing the NFL for concussion related dementia.

Run the chiron: "Basketball, It May Make You Lose Your Mind Sometimes, but It Won't Make You Forget You Lost It!!!"

Then chase with: "Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Footballers"

Jimmy McMahon is 53 and fighting dementia.

Just a terrible.

Lawrence Morgan 9 years, 10 months ago

How does this new HD video compare with the one at the Stadium (in terms of size, etc.)

kujhawkfan 9 years, 10 months ago

To answer your question kansasplains1, the hd video screen at Memorial Stadium is 85 feet wide.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, they are great! They recall a time, when coaches and players were not ensnared in the ShoeCo-Summer Game-Agency Complex and the Media-Gaming Industry Complex. You had to worry about a few alumni, and a few fixers, getting to players, but it wasn't structural. Now? Well, now, well, awe let's just enjoy the unies for now. :-)

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Yes, it was alway nice to know you had the biggest stud on the block in your corner. He was one that comes along once a decade, or two. Thomas was Superman.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

I heard Thomas singing a while back.....

"I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane I'm more than some pretty face beside a train And it's not easy to be me"

Oh - he was singing on his way to the bank!

Ron Prichard 9 years, 10 months ago

To quote Chris Farley:


(technically, it's "That was awesome" but you get the point)

Bud Stagg 9 years, 10 months ago

so are the 5 hd studio cameras are going to be used to show the pre-season and non-conf games on the Jhawk TV network? Watching those games made my eyes hurt because they were not HD.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

AAACCCHHH!!!!! You spoiled youngsters....when we were your age , we watched black and white, grainy, 35 mm quality broadcasts and we liked it..we loved it!! ... And we walked in snow 24" deep, uphill both ways, to each others house to see it!!!

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

AND - only three channels, no remote - you actually had to get off your keester and TURN the channel.

By the way, while we were walking in the snow, it was barefoot.

Ron Prichard 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm not going to suggest I have reached the wise old age of Oakville and nuleaf (although, who really knows...) but I remember our first VCR. It was in about 1986 or so and it cost about $600. When it broke we actually took it in to be repaired as opposed to replacing it. It had 12 channel "buttons" on it that you had to manually tune to each channel before you could use it.

Armen Kurdian 9 years, 10 months ago

Was this really needed? Did the old one break or something? It seems like that money maybe could be used elsewhere or just not spent.

Redlandsjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

I hope this somehow rubs off on ESPN Full Court. Those games are so blurry you can hardly read the score. A local (socal) station was showing the Big XII games (same games) and though not HD they were much clearer.

Speaking of concerts at AFH I saw Ike and Tina Turner Review back in the seventies. I can still remember the Ike-ettes. Great show.

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