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M'S NEW STADIUM ON "CUTTING EDGE" WITH NEW SCOREBOARD

          Fans attending Mariners' games at the new Safeco Field
     next season will "be surrounded by information" due to a
     "huge new-technology" video scoreboard in centerfield and an
     "even larger" matrix scoreboard next to it, according to Bob
     Sherwin of the SEATTLE TIMES.  Ten other electronic boards
     throughout the stadium will show fans video highlights,
     graphic presentations of player information, out-of-town
     scores and highlights and pitch selection and speed. 
     Daktronics Inc., which will install the $7.7M system, has
     scoreboards at 13 other MLB parks, but none with this type
     of "integrated video and information system."  The 26-by-46-
     foot video screen above centerfield will be 32% larger than
     the Kingdome's and will "be powered by 80,000 watts through
     light-emitting diodes" and include shades of blue and green
     that will "allow the video to show more than 1.7 million
     shades of color."  Daktronics CEO Al Kurtenbach: "[It will
     be] better than your typical TV set and formatted to accept
     the high-resolution TV when that technology is perfected in
     two or three years."  The entire scoreboard will be 56' high
     and 190' wide, with most of it being "covered with
     advertising" (Bob Sherwin, SEATTLE TIMES, 9/16).        

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