Highlighted by one of the largest videoboards in Minor League Baseball, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Class AAA; International League) have unveiled upgraded video displays. The new features will be in place for the 2017 season.
The 43′ x 73′ main HD videoboard that will be the largest in Minor League Baseball to incorporate a 16:9 HD aspect ratio and second-largest overall. In addition to the main videoboard upgrade, seven other videoboard enhancements are scheduled for Coca-Cola Park this off-season, including the addition of a new 130′ wide ribbon board above the left field signage, among the widest displays in professional sports. Upon installation, the main video board (3,162-square feet) will be greater than triple the square footage of the current 20′ x 50′ display (1,000-square feet) and contain 1,897,490 LED bulbs. Interestingly, the main videoboard is so big that it could contain roughly 306 pigs standing next to and on top of each other within its dimensions.
The brand-new HD videoboards – supplied by industry-leader Daktronics – represent the largest capital improvement campaign in Coca-Cola Park history. They also incorporate cutting-edge technology for superior brightness, contrast and viewing angles and the same industry-leading 15 mm HD resolution as the primary videoboard at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The new videoboards will often operate in unison to enhance the game day experience and magnify key moments, like home runs, strikeouts or on-field fan contests. The ribbon board will enhance Coca-Cola Park’s game presentation by providing in-game scoring, out-of-town scores, upcoming promotions and enhanced statistical information.
“The best fans in Minor League Baseball deserve the premier entertainment and fan experience that the industry has to offer,” exclaimed IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. “Our fans will be happier than pigs in mud when they get their first look at these jaw-dropping HD displays on April 6, 2017 for opening night at Coca-Cola Park.”
In addition to the primary videoboard and left field ribbon board, other off-season video upgrades include:
- First Base and Third Base fascia displays on the Club Level façade (4′ x 30′) which will now be more than triple the size of the current fascia displays.
- Bullpen videoboard (9.6′ x 19.2′ HD-15 LED display)
- Speed of Pitch videoboard (15.6′ x 9.6′ HD-15 LED display)
- Time and Temperature videoboard (15.6′ x 9.6′ HD-15 LED display)
- Home Plate videoboard (3.6′ x 7.2′ HD-15 LED display)
With this project, the Coca-Cola Park control room and equipment will also be updated to HD levels. Previously, the controls and videoboards were all standard definition.
Image courtesy Lehigh Valley IronPigs.