$25M in HDTV displays coming to Lincoln Financial Field

Ribbon boards will stretch more than 2,000 linear feet and offer out-of-town NFL scores and fantasy football statistics at Lincoln Financial Field.
Ribbon boards will stretch more than 2,000 linear feet and offer out-of-town NFL scores and fantasy football statistics at Lincoln Financial Field.
Posted: January 31, 2014

The Eagles are bringing some of the living room to Lincoln Financial Field.

As part of its $125 million revitalization of the stadium, team officials said Wednesday, they are putting $25 million worth of high-definition TV displays, including two huge video walls in both end zones, into the 11-year-old stadium.

The team also will install 2,000 linear feet of digital "ribbon boards" between seating levels for out-of-town NFL scores and fantasy football statistics, and 1,200 wall-mounted TVs on the concourses and other areas.

"I can't tell you how many meetings we will have over the next several months over the programming for these boards," Ari Roitman, a senior vice president with the Eagles organization, said Wednesday.

The $25 million includes the cost of a control room for the boards.

The end-zone video walls won't be the biggest in the NFL but will have the highest resolution, Roitman said.

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is supplying the TV displays and has agreed to partner with the team. The West Club lounge will now be called the Panasonic Club.

Richard Ballard, vice president of sales and marketing for Panasonic Eco Solutions, said, "Much like they do at home, sports fans now want to see replays and live action."

The TV displays "bring the experience of the home to the live arena," he said.

Panasonic, for instance, is building a huge video display at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, so that fans can watch the horses on TV in turns, the same as those who watch the horse race at home on TV.

Panasonic also has built large video displays for the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and is building a bigger video display at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The Eagles began the revitalization project last June. It will be completed in time for the first regular-season games this year, team officials said. Previously, the Eagles upgraded the stadium's free WiFi network in 2013 so it can accommodate 30,000 simultaneous users.


BY THE NUMBERS

$25M

Cost for high-definition TV displays and a control room for "ribbon boards," which are part of the $125 million upgrade at the Eagles stadium.

2

Large video walls in each end zone of the stadium.

2,000

Linear feet of digital "ribbon boards" for scores and statistics.

1,200

Wall-mounted TVs on concourses and in other locations.


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