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Oriole Park video board installation begins02/19/2008 5:00 PM ET
Installation of the first piece of the new video board began today at Oriole Park, the next step in the process of replacing and upgrading the Camden Yards entertainment systems to ensure the ballpark remains at an elite level within current sports facility standards. The video boards are being shipped via air from the Mitsubishi plant in Tokyo, Japan to New York's JFK airport, then driven to Baltimore. They will be sent in three installments comprising the bottom, middle and top portions of the board. The first installment is 16 pieces composed of 160 LED modules. The second shipment is due to arrive tomorrow, and third shipment will arrive at the beginning of the week of February 25. These LEDs will make up the upper HD board in center field. The upper screen will be completely filled with modules by mid-March. The upper board will serve as the main video board for the ballpark, reversing the placement of the system used since the ballpark opened in 1992. The change was made to allow the main board to be substantially taller and wider than its predecessor and capable of providing HD technology. Both the upper and lower center field boards will be upgraded from outdated matrix and light bulb technology to state-of-the-art LED boards capable of, and used for, video. Demolition of the previous center field scoreboard was completed last month, and the right field out-of-town scoreboard and club level and upper level auxiliary scoreboards were removed in December in preparation for the replacement of outdated matrix and light bulb systems with upgraded LED boards capable of providing more information, animation, and statistics for fans. A larger and state-of-the-art LED scoreboard in right field and new LED ribbon boards on the club level and upper level fascia will also be installed in time for Opening Day on March 31. All of the new video and scoreboards are centrally controlled to provide maximum information and entertainment and to deliver video and animations that provide Orioles corporate partners with state-of-the-art branding and sponsorship opportunities. Additional upgrades to the Ballpark Information Systems are planned during 2008 and 2009, including expansion of ribbon boards and upgrades to HD control room facilities and the Camden Yards sound system. Since it ushered in a new era of ballpark design in 1992, Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been the standard-bearer for sports facilities in the United States. The city of Baltimore and the entire state of Maryland have derived significant economic impact totaling in the billions of dollars from the over 48.5 million fans who have attended Orioles games over the past 16 seasons, as well as from the millions more who have participated in festivals, meetings and community events that have been held at the ballpark.
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