Charles Koch Arena gets new videoboard

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Charles Koch Arena is getting a makeover, or at least some improvements.

The $25 million building that hosts Wichita State basketball and volleyball games is having a new HD video board installed that will overlook center court.

“After a very successful 2012-13 athletic and academic season, this will be an exciting addition to Charles Koch Arena,” Director of Athletics Eric Sexton said.

Wichita State partnered with Daktronics, one of the world leaders in electronic displays systems. Daktronics has created displays for Sea World, The Kansas City Chiefs, Boston Red Sox, and many other venues and teams.

The new video board is coming on the heels of a very successful basketball season that saw the men’s team compete in the Final Four and the women’s team in their first ever NCAA tournament.

Associate Athletic Director Brad Pittman said that they began looking into replacements last fall and the success of the teams this past season had nothing to do with it.

“It’s something that we’ve talked about for a while,” said Pittman.

The new video board is 12-feet high and 15-feet wide with a 16:9 format display to replace the 10-year-old 7-foot by 10-foot 4:3 format screen.

“It will be a night and day difference,” said Pittman.

Pittman said that the board will be the second of its kind in Kansas. The University of Kansas owns the other one.

“I think people will have to see it to really appreciate it, but the picture quality will blow them away,” said Pitman.

Another 18 smaller displays installed throughout the arena are for advertisements and games’ statistics.

The men’s basketball locker room also has some renovations planned due to a $250,000 donation from a generous donor.

“It is our responsibility to our programs and our athletes to be on the cutting edge in every fashion possible,” said Sexton.

The new locker room will include a trophy case, new carpet, and an iPad dock in each of the new lockers and have a Final Four theme.

Both projects are scheduled to be complete by the end of summer.