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SBD/Issue 146/Facilities & Venues
HP Pavilion Becoming Tech Testing Lab For Arena Improvements
Published April 17, 2009
|HP Pavilion's Technology Includes $17M
HD Audio/Video Upgrade
TEST RIDE: In Seattle, Brier Dudley Tuesday tested Nintendo's DSi game system at Safeco Field, "trying the new ESPN news feeds (fine but a little underwhelming, basic RSS feeds); the real-time streaming game video (great, but a few brief network pauses); and the nifty pitch tracker that instantly shows whether the ball is in or around the strike zone." Dudley on the DSi ordered a hot dog and soda, which included a 17% service charge, and the food "arrived in 12 minutes, delivered in a cardboard takeout box." Loading the software initially "took several minutes, and the connection had to reconnect a few times in the concourse and in the stands" when lowering the unit below the seat backs. The system "would periodically need to reconnect, and there were pauses of sometimes 10 seconds when connecting to the video feed" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/16).