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Sports Authority Field At Mile High To Get $30M Facelift In Time For '13 Season

Sports Authority Field's upgrades will be funded without new taxes
The Broncos and the Metropolitan Football Stadium District will spend about $30M in improvements to Sports Authority Field at Mile High "in time for the 2013 season," and most of the money will be allocated to "updating the stadium's video boards," according to Mike Klis of the DENVER POST. The cost "won't involve new taxes." The largest video board "behind the south stands will be high- definition LED and three times larger at 8,800 square feet." The video boards in the stadium's northeast and northwest sections "will be 43 percent larger." The stadium's ribbon boards on the third level façade "also will be replaced." Sports Authority Field GM Andy Gorchov said, "The original boards that are installed at the stadium are still good boards, obviously, but they really have a life expectancy of about 10 years for that type of technology." Klis reported TV monitors in the concourses "will also be replaced by HD flat screens," and the "overall audio system throughout the stadium will be upgraded." The news comes days after the Texans announced plans to introduce the largest video board at an NFL venue in time for the '13 season, something that the team admitted could enhance its bid for Super Bowl LI. The Broncos also are hoping to land a future Super Bowl, but Gorchov said, "It's not really tied to the Super Bowl bid. The potential year for a Super Bowl is pretty far down the road. This is more about a need to provide the best fan experience we can today and tomorrow"
(DENVER POST, 12/22).
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