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Univ. Of Phoenix Stadium Gets $18M Facelift Ahead Of Super Bowl XLIX

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium "has been upgraded" with more than $18M in renovations ahead of Super Bowl XLIX and the '15 Pro Bowl, according to Peter Corbett of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Fans will "notice two new video boards at each end of the stadium that are three times larger than the ones they replace, with the largest in the south end zone that measures 54 feet high by 164 feet wide." In the north end zone, the board is 27 feet by 97 feet, and the resolution for both will be 75% "better than the old boards." The Cardinals "paid up front" for the $10.8M video boards, but the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority "will repay" $8.1M to the team over seven years. The Cardinals also are paying $8M to "upgrade the stadium telecommunications system to improve wireless coverage" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/26).
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