A South Dakota company is partnering with an NFL team to put the world’s largest high-definition LED video display at a Florida stadium.
EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, will now boast two huge flat-screen displays that — if they were put on the field — would be long enough to reach just beyond the distance from one goal post to the other.
“We want EverBank Field to be a world-class destination, and we want to bring energy and attention to Downtown Jacksonville,” Jaguars owners Shad Khan said in a statement. “Our goal is to offer best-in-class amenities and the best in-stadium experience for our fans and for everyone who visits Jacksonville and EverBank Field.”
Daktronics Inc. is manufacturing and installing the massive HD LED video displays for each end zone of the stadium. The two screens will be 60 feet high by 362 feet wide and feature a 13HD pixel layout in order to have “three side-by-side HD video images, for multiple replay shots and other video content,” according to the release.
Daktronics may be the MVP of the big screen games as far as the NFL is concerned; the company has built huge screens for other teams like the Denver Broncos and NY Jets/NY Giants.
But Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach said the collaboration between his company and the Jaguars “to manufacture the two largest LED video displays in the world is a testament to the engineering capabilities of our company.”
The sides of EverBank field will be outfitted with ribbon display along the seating fascia, each measuring more than 3 feet high by 573 feet wide and featuring a 15HD pixel layout.
The existing displays in each corner of the stadium will also be replaced with four new ones, measuring approximately 18 feet high by 32 feet wide and feature a 15HD pixel layout. Finally, two additional displays will be installed above each tunnel at opposite corners of the stadium – about 6 by 24 feet.
With all those screens, will anyone be watching the field? Jaguars President Mark Lamping thinks it will only improve the overall experience.
“We owe our fans and this community nothing less than the best, and these enhancements will be the best,” Lamping said. “These stadium upgrades will drastically change the in-stadium experience and create a truly unique environment that you cannot get at home. This will be an eye-opener and an attention-getter for Jacksonville.”
“Construction will start this summer, and the new screens will be ready for the first game of the 2014 season,” Daktronics spokesman Justin Oschner told TheBlaze.
Oschner said the company doesn’t typically reveal costs of ongoing projects, but he did confirm the company’s similar project at MetLife Stadium (granted they received more displays at the time and the overall cost of LEDs has declined some since 2008) rang in at roughly $45 Million.
(H/T: Fox Sports)
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