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FedExField Goes HD, Part 7: Daktronics To Deliver HD Boards, CEI To Provide Infrastructure

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2010 – 4:59 pm

If you were at FedExField for the Draft Day Party, this is what one of the endzones looked like — no longer completely gutted and beginning to show what it will one day be.

Today, the team announced that Daktronics had been selected to design, manufacture, and install the high resolution video boards at the stadium, while Communications Engineering, Inc. would be upgrading the infrastructure to handle the capabilities of the new hardware.

The team sent around a Video Board Fact Sheet that includes some Fun Facts about the Video Boards, which I’ll post after the jump. (NOTE: amount of “fun” received from these facts may be relative.) But before that, an answer to one of the questions I’ve heard most since the Draft Day Party: yes, there were some leftover Lite Brite pieces, and the folks at the Charitable Foundation should be getting in touch with people on the waitlist at any moment. So if you’re on the list, hope for a call in the next week or so.

Without any futher ado: Fun Facts and further details!

  • Daktronics has been selected to design, manufacture and install video boards for both end zones at FedExField
  • Each board will measure 28 feet high and 100 feet wide. That’s three times larger than the Jumbotrons being replaced
  • In comparison to consumer televisions, the display is equivalent to a 1200 inch diagonal screen
  • It would take approximately 675 flat panel televisions (at 37 inches each) to fill the area of one of the new end zone boards
  • Communications Engineering (CEI) will upgrade and expand the FedExField control room and stadium infrastructure to manage the HD programming.
  • The video boards will communicate in “real time” with no transmission delays
  • The LED (light emitting diode) technology provides superior brightness even in direct sunlight and can show up to 4.4 trillion shades of color
  • More than 3.1 million individual LED pixels will illuminate the images on the two displays
  • The boards require 21,400 feet (or 4.1 miles) of wiring
  • Fans will have super-wide viewing angles for more visibility. The angles exceed 160 degrees horizontal (greater than 80 degrees on each side off center)
  • Each end zone display will weigh approximately 34,000 pounds
  • Project includes installation of Show Control System to enhance production values, event management and control of the multiple displays options that are available
  • Daktronics will also install eight digital ribbon boards with four adjacent to the new end zone displays.
  • Other technology enhancements include new game clocks, play clocks and replacement of other in-stadium video displays

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