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Mariners To Install Largest Video Screen In MLB At Safeco Field
Published November 16, 2012
CONSTRUCTION ZONE: In Seattle, Brier Dudley noted work has “already begun to dismantle the ballpark's original scoreboard,” and the new display “should be operational in March, in time for the April 8 home opener" versus the Astros. The video board is “replacing a cluster of displays and signs, including a 26 by 46 foot standard-definition video display, billboards and a matrix board displaying stats.” Mariners VP/Information Services Dave Curry said, "The idea first was to go all LED so we had a flexible palate, if you will, to be able to change and move things around and just be much more dynamic." He added, "As we were looking at the size of the structure we started thinking, 'if we could get this thing to be native 1080p that would be the ultimate resolution.'" Mariners Public Information Dir Rebecca Hale noted that the upgrades are “covered by a different budget than team operations, so they won't affect plans to boost the team payroll and make it more competitive” (SEATTLE TIMES, 11/15).
RACE AGAINST THE REMOTE: YAHOO SPORTS’ Kevin Kaduk wrote the professional sports experience “sure is getting weird.” The quality of today's televisions are “attempting to turn our living rooms into ballparks and arenas and they're doing a pretty good job of it.” Meanwhile, those same ballparks and arenas are “trying to turn themselves into our living rooms” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/15).