The Milwaukee Brewers today unveiled designs and specifications for the new high definition Miller Park scoreboard, which will be installed prior to the start of the 2011 regular season. The scoreboard is being designed, manufactured, and installed by Daktronics Inc.
The new video board features a single screen, pure high definition display, and will be the third-largest scoreboard in Major League Baseball at 5,940 square feet. The only larger boards in Major League Baseball are Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium (8,900 square feet) and Phoenix’s Chase Field (6,200 square feet).
The new video board will replace the existing 1,296 square foot video board and the 2,432 square foot matrix board.
In addition, the new video board will be just the third true 1080 display in baseball, and the fifth in existence in all major US sports venues. Other facilities featuring 1080 displays include Yankee Stadium (Yankees), Target Field (Twins), Cowboys Stadium (NFL Dallas Cowboys) and American Airlines Center (NBA Dallas Mavericks).
“When you factor in the overall size and resolution of the new display, we believe this will be the finest video board in Major League Baseball,” said Brewers Executive Vice President – Business Operations Rick Schlesinger. “This is going to be a spectacular addition to the fan experience at Miller Park in 2011.”
The current Miller Park video board features 133,624 pixels. The new high definition display will have 2,358,720 pixels, giving it nearly 18 times better resolution.
“Daktronics is excited to continue our partnership by providing the most impactful and visual piece yet,” Tony Mulder, Daktronics Sales Manager. “This true high definition video display experience will greatly enhance what is already one of the premier facilities in Major League Baseball.”
The video display system will utilize Daktronics newest 15 millimeter LED technology, featuring a tighter resolution and improved image quality, and will measure approximately 54 feet high by 110 feet wide. This technology and its control system allow for complete flexibility in programming. The video board can operate as a single giant display, or be divided into multiple zones (windows) to show a wide variety of statistics, information, graphics, animation and live and recorded video.
“Quite simply, the difference in quality and scope from what we currently have at Miller Park will be staggering,” Schlesinger said.
The Stadium’s video and audio consultant, Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams is working with the Brewers and the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District through all steps of the process in developing the new scoreboard. Mortenson Construction, a leader in sports facility construction and southeastern Wisconsin’s largest builder, is serving as General Contractor for the project.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Brewers to deliver this state-of-the-art scoreboard to Miller Park and the community,” said Andy Wiegman, Construction Executive for Mortenson Construction. “Our unique blend of sports facility construction combined with our experience completing similar projects across the nation will ensure the successful installation of this new high-definition video display.”
The scoreboard project also will include renovations and upgrades to portions of the Miller Park sound system.
The new high definition video display system will be completely integrated with the existing Club level Ribbon Board and Out of Town Scoreboards that were installed by Daktronics in 2006. Outside Miller Park, Daktronics installed a double-sided marquee display (the I-94 Message Board) in 2005.
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• Overall physical dimensions of the outfield scoreboard structure will be approximately 105 feet high by high by 168 feet wide (includes signature Miller Park signage at top).
HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO DISPLAY
- New Daktronics high-definition video display will be centered within the structure:
- Video screen will be one of only three true 1080 HD resolution screens in Major League Baseball and the largest of the three (Yankees and Twins are the others)
- Resolution will 1080 pixels high by 2184 pixels wide (pixels = individual picture elements)
- 1080 lines of pixels matches the 1080p/1080i high definition standard
- Approximate dimensions of the HD display are 54 feet high by 110 feet wide
- 5,940 sq. feet of active area will make it the third largest in Major League Baseball and one of the largest HD LED displays in the world
- The new video display will have nearly 18 times the resolution (in terms of number of pixels) of the existing display
- Physically, the new video display will be nearly 5 times larger than the existing video display
- It would take approximately 1,500 37” diagonal flat panel televisions to fill the area of the new LED video display
- In comparison to consumer televisions, this display would be called out as a 1,470” (diagonal) screen
- Approximately 24,000 feet (4.6 miles) of wiring will deliver power and data within the large video display
- Video display will weigh approximately 74,000 lbs. (37 tons) not including static signage or structure.
- Daktronics HD-15 technology uses state of the art LED (light emitting diode) technology, providing superior brightness in direct sunlight, with the capability to show up to 4.4 trillion shades of color
- Lines of full-color red, green and blue LED pixels are on 15 mm spacing (.6”) spacing
- Super-wide viewing angles offer improved visibility for more fans
- Viewing angles exceed 160 degrees horizontal (greater than 80 degrees on each side off center)
Source: Milwaukee Brewers, Daktronics
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