By Justin Adkins:
Anyone going past Citizens Bank Park recently knew the Phillies were working on a construction project, one which appeared focused on the scoreboard. Now they’ve officially announced exactly what it is they’re doing.
The Phillies are upgrading the outfield scoreboard to a brand new, 76 feet high by 97 feet wide HD monster that is costing them $10 million to install.
Who says they where done splurging with the signing of Cliff Lee?
The new display will be almost three times the size of the old one, not to mention it will be in crystal clear high definition.
“We’re truly excited to bring the HD experience to our fans,” said Mark DiNardo, Director, Broadcasting and Video Services. “The new technology and dramatically larger image will bring our fans closer to the action than ever. Our unique partnership with Sony and Daktronics gives us the opportunity to transition the in-house broadcast, production and entertainment systems to high-definition in one step.”
The Phillies are also upgrading PhanaVision in the video replay and control room, the video production/video coaching production areas, their internal cable system as well as all 800 or so TV’s in the suites and public areas.
The old scoreboard is getting shipped down to the Phillies’ spring training facility at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater.
Here are some more scoreboard fun facts from the Phillies:
* The display could feature 49 life-size Phillie Phanatics standing next to and on top of each other
* Overall size: 76 feet high and 97 feet wide. Offers more than 2.5 times more video area than previous video display (7,372 square feet of digital space vs. 2,691 square feet)
* Weight: approximately 84,420 lbs. (42.2 tons)
* Resolution: The HD-15 display exceeds 1080p HD standard with 1512 lines of resolution (six times the resolution of the previous display)
* 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)
* Takes approximately 1,380 flat-panel televisions (at 42” each) to fill the area of the new display
* If it were a consumer television, the Phillies display would be considered a 1,478” screen
* Uses state of the art LED technology providing superior brightness in direct sun light, with the capability to show up to 144 quadrillion shades of color
* Approximately 32,363 feet (6.1 miles) of wiring will deliver power and data to the new display
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