The Dayton Dragons (Low Class A; Midwest League) are going big with a new 2,050-square-foot, 13HD high-definition videoboard — one of the largest in Minor League Baseball — for the 2015 season at Fifth Third Field.
We’re seeing 13HD emerge as state of the art in videoboard, and the new Dragons’ scoreboard at Fifth Third Field will be one of the first 13HD board in Minor League Baseball. (Announced yesterday: a 13HD videoboard at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers. No coincidence Daktronics is supply videoboards to both the Storm Chasers and Dragons.) The new Dragons board will exceed every MLB videoboard in terms of sharpness save the three new display systems set for this year from the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Oakland Athletics.
“The videoboard at Fifth Third Field is so very critical to the Dayton Dragons entertainment experience,” said Dragons team president Robert Murphy. “To be able to enhance and improve the experience for our fans is very exciting.”
The videoboard will be 35 feet high by 65 feet wide, making it the tallest and widest in all of Single-A baseball and among the top five tallest and widest in any Minor League Baseball ballpark. It will have five times more display area than the previous videoboard at Fifth Third Field. It will be twice the height and two and one-half times the width as the previous board.
The new videoboard will also be three times brighter than the previous videoboard to cut through the sunlight and bring a noticeable enhancement to day games. This videoboard will feature 16 times as many LEDs as the previous videoboard.
The new videoboard will include variable content zoning, which will allow it to show one large image encompassing the entire screen, or be segmented into multiple zones for the flexibility to highlight any combination of live video, instant replays, scoring information, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsor messaging. It will also incorporate industry-leading environmental protection and wide angle visibility to appeal to every seat in Fifth Third Field.
The project price: over a million dollars, a significant investment from the new Dragons ownership group, and a major investment in the community. The new videoboard also marks the second straight year that the Dragons have made a substantial improvement to Fifth Third Field. In 2014, the Dragons invested over $1.2M on a significant upgrade of the entertainment control room while adding HD cameras throughout the facility.
“This installation will build on a partnership that spans more than a decade and we’re honored the Dayton Dragons have turned to Daktronics once again for their video display needs,” said Daktronics National Sales Manager Will Ellerbruch. “As one of the first of its kind at the minor league level, this display will have a major impact as it enhances the fan experience at every game. We’re excited to see the display up and running for their first game in 2015.”