Phils upgrading their video board

The Phillies are enlarging their HD scoreboard in left field to76 feet by 97 feet, and improving the picture quality.
The Phillies are enlarging their HD scoreboard in left field to76 feet by 97 feet, and improving the picture quality.
Posted: January 20, 2011

The Phillies have opted to supersize and enhance their video system at Citizens Bank Park.

According to a release the team sent out Wednesday, the Phillies are in the midst of a $10 million upgrade that will include an enormous new HD-15 video display screen in left field. Sony Electronics' System Solutions Group and Daktronics are working on the high-definition project.

The new video system will be on display to the public for the first time when the Phillies host the Pittsburgh Pirates in two exhibition games, on March 29 and 30.

The Phillies said their new HD display will be the largest in the National League and among the largest in the world, measuring 76 feet high and 97 feet wide. It will include 7,372 square feet of digital space and will be nearly triple the size of the former video screen in left field. Portions of that screen were shipped to Clearwater, Fla., where it will be used at Bright House Field, site of the Phillies' spring training games.

The team said the additional size and resolution of the new display at Citizens Bank Park will provide more game-related action and statistical information.

"We're truly excited to bring the HD experience to our fans," said Mark DiNardo, the Phillies' director of 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.

"One of the great things about this is we have a blank canvas, and we can experiment and change things whenever we want."

Other HD improvements will take place in the Phillies' video replay and control rooms as well as in the video production and video coaching production areas. The team is also installing a closed-captioning display to assist hearing-impaired fans, and the 800 televisions in the suites and public areas at Citizens Bank Park are being upgraded to HD sets.

Here are some HD video facts supplied by the Phillies:

The display could feature 49 life-size Phillie Phanatics standing next to and on top of each other.

The weight of the display is approximately 84,420 pounds, or 42.2 tons.

The resolution of the HD-15 will be six times the resolution of the previous display.

The superwide viewing angles offer improved visibility for more fans. The viewing angles exceed 160 degrees horizontal, which is greater than 80 degrees on each side off center.

It would take about 1,380 42-inch flat-panel televisions to fill the area of the new display.

If it were a consumer television, the Phillies' display would be considered a 1,478-inch screen.

The display uses state-of-the-art LED technology that provides superior brightness in direct sunlight, with the capability to show up to 144 quadrillion shades of color.

About 32,363 feet (6.1 miles) of wiring will deliver power and data to the new display.


Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.

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