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SBJ/January 14-20, 2013/In Depth
Picture this: The latest video boards
Here’s a sampling of mega video boards at sports venues and some of those currently being installed
Published January 14, 2013, Page 18
Provider: ANC Sports
The Indiana Pacers spent $15 million for a new center-hung video board, sound system upgrades and new televisions in the arena. Fans sitting in the corners of the upper deck have views of the sideline screen and a smaller end zone display.
The Houston Rockets spent $9.5 million on their new center-hung video board, a cost that includes the production studio to operate the high-definition screens. The sideline displays alone are more than 15 times larger than the arena’s old center-hung board.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Two years after its debut, the NASCAR track’s screen remains the largest installation at a North American sports facility. More speedways could follow suit as tracks work to develop a greater connection with racing fans.
|This rendering shows the end zone video boards planned at Reliant Stadium.
Provider: Mitsubishi Electric
The Houston Texans are the last major league team in their hometown to upgrade their scoreboard, and they’re going big. Two new screens being installed will each be larger than the biggest displays at Cowboys Stadium. Local officials hope the boards help bring the Super Bowl back to Houston.
|The Mariners’ video board, shown in this rendering, will be the biggest in baseball.
Provider: Panasonic, using ANC Sports’ existing software package.
The Seattle Mariners’ new video board, part of $15 million in ballpark upgrades and maintenance now under way, will fit into the existing framework of the old center-field sign. The 11,425-square-foot display will match the forest green color of the stadium’s seats and structural steel.
Provider: ANC Sports, Lighthouse Technologies
The Tennessee Titans were the first NFL team to install video boards in the end zones tied to 16-millimeter technology that provides for expanded viewing angles to reach more fans. The $26.8 million project cost extends to sound improvements and new elevators.
Tampa Bay Times Forum
|Crews put the final touches on the video board.
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s new $5 million center-hung board will finally be unveiled to hockey fans now that the NHL lockout has been resolved. The video screens are part of $42 million in arena upgrades under team owner Jeff Vinik.