MINNEAPOLIS -- A Midwest-based company is making sure Vikings fans can follow the action on the big screens inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Daktronics recently finished installing the stadium's new 13HD LED video boards.
"These boards are made in Minnesota. It's Minnesota proud," said Jared Coon, installation supervisor for Daktronics.
While Daktronics is based in South Dakota, work on the displays took place at the company's plant in Redwood Falls, Minn. The company added 100 full-time permanent jobs and 30,000 square feet to its Redwood Falls plant thanks to the project.
"Those are now permanent jobs and that obviously is permanent space in Redwood Falls so that's just one of many stories that we have," said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
"It's an exciting time for us for not only... this stadium but for future stadiums," Coon said.
Daktronics' work is already featured in many major stadiums including the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. But U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis was a massive undertaking.
According to Coon, the main board on the west end of the stadium ranks top 10 in size among NFL stadiums. Additionally, the 25,000 square feet of HD displays will make it the most in the league.
"For a fan to come and see themselves on these big video boards, it's something... When they see themselves on these boards... it just brings that wow factor," Coon said.
Now that workers have installed the scoreboards, they will start testing the equipment. According to Coon, they hope to be running some content on the displays by mid to late-April.
U.S. Bank Stadium is 90 percent complete and on schedule to be finished by July.