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M'S NEW STADIUM ON "CUTTING EDGE" WITH NEW SCOREBOARD
Published September 17, 1998
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).