The Reading Fightin Phils (Class AA; Eastern League) are launching a $1 million multimedia videoboard project at FirstEnergy Stadium in the months leading up to the 2013 season.
Once installed, the project, which includes the addition of a 30’x60’ HD10 board in center field, will make technological advances while enhancing the fan experience at America’s Classic Ballpark.
“We are very excited to announce this investment into your ballpark,” said Fightin Phils General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “Some may be wondering ‘What was wrong with the existing video board?’ and the truthful answer is nothing, but here at the Fightin Phils, we do not believe in leaving well enough alone. We do not believe in the mantra ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Instead, we believe in ‘fightin’ for what is best for our fans and ‘fightin’ to provide the best fan experience possible.”
The centerpiece of the improvement will be the 30’x 60’ HD10 videoboard in center field that totals 1,800 square feet, making it the largest video board among Double-A teams and 4th largest in Minor League Baseball. As just the fifth HD10 board installed by Dallas-based TS Sports, Reading’s will be the largest that TS Sports has ever installed. It replaces the previous video board that measured 16.5’ x 36’. Also assisting on the project: TSE Services.
With superior resolution and the clearest picture in all of Minor League Baseball, the board will be illuminated by the second most LEDs of any team behind the Memphis Redbirds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). This revolutionary LED video display will deliver spectacular brightness with an ultra-high contrast ratio, providing Fightin Phils with excellent image resolution and crowd-pleasing viewing angles. Even with an increased size and pixels, the board is environmentally friendly and will dramatically reduce carbon footprints in Baseballtown.
“A combination of size and the latest HD10 technology will provide Baseballtown the clearest picture of any board in the minors,” said Hunsicker. “With the inclusion of the ribbon board in left field and monitors, the fan experience at FirstEnergy Stadium will be second to none in Minor League Baseball.”
The large addition to the outfield will be paired with a 6’ x 100’ ribbon board that sits above the Coors Light Left Field Deck. Left field’s new ribbon board will be the one-stop display for the night’s line score, out-of-town scoreboard, and cutting edge video capabilities. With the new ribbon board, the Fightin Phils will have the ability to relocate elements of the original scoreboard and allow the team to maximize the impact of the main video board.
Together, the HD10 video board and ribbon display will exceed the team’s current set-up by over four times.
Other aspects of the investment include a 4’x8’ video wall that will sit atop of the Weston Center Winning Smiles Stage (shown above) and 25 flat-screen HDTVs that will be located throughout FirstEnergy Stadium (shown below). In terms of video production, the Fightin Phils will now have tremendous replay capabilities, enhanced HD cameras, and improved wireless camera connectivity.
“Fans that pass the stage during the game won’t have to worry about missing out any game action since the stage video board will mirror that of the new HD10 board in center field,” Hunsicker said. “Our musical acts, performance, and extra events will be enhanced with the addition of the video wall. It also made perfect sense to add 25 HD televisions throughout the ballpark since we are going to be able to do things from a video standpoint that has never been done in Reading.”
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