Daktronics, Inc. announced yesterday that they have been chosen to design and build a unique integrated video and scoring system for the new Yankee Stadium, which is scheduled to open prior to the start of the 2009 baseball season. Installation of the new equipment is scheduled to start during the spring of 2008, with substantial completion by the end of year.
The value of the contract exceeds $19 million.
(See high-resolution renderings of the New Yankee Stadium design)
“Daktronics is proud and excited to be chosen to provide this unique system for the Yankees,” said Jim Morgan, President and CEO of Daktronics. “The Yankees and HOK Sport have teamed up to design a ballpark that combines the history and traditions of the game with the best in modern amenities. The integrated display system will play an important part in the overall fan experience and will help create a very entertaining atmosphere at the new Yankee Stadium.”
The system will consist of 13 large full-color displays and 32 smaller displays. The project features the installation of a 1280-foot long full-color Iight emitting diode (LED) ribbon board, mounted to the fascia of the second deck of seating, which will be one of the longest continuous displays in Major League Baseball. The system will also include two LED displays in center field, each measuring approximately 24 feet high by 60 feet wide, to show lineups, player and team information, and out-of-town scores throughout the game.
A high definition LED video display 25 feet high by 36 feet wide will be installed in the Great Hall, a retail space of approximately 30,000 square feet located between the exterior facade and the interior of the stadium. In addition, an LED display approximately five feet tall by 400 feet wide will line the wall inside the Great Hall.
Additional Daktronics components of the new Yankee Stadium system will include:
- Two additional closed caption ribbon displays, each approximately three feet high by 20 feet wide, installed on the fascia of the 150 level.
- Two LED message centers on the exterior of the stadium, each approximately ten feet high by 40 feet wide.
- Two manually-changeable scoreboards, one each behind right-center and left-center field.
- Two seven foot square displays, one each adjacent to the manually-changeable scoreboards.
- Five LED displays in the lobby outside the ticket office, each approximately one foot high by seven feet wide.
- 27 small monochrome LED displays to direct fans to the appropriate ticket window.
Daktronics LED video displays use the latest in red, green and blue (RGB) LED technology to present live and recorded video images, colorful animation and vivid graphics with incredible brightness and wide-angle visibility. Well over ten million individual LEDs will be used in the Yankee Stadium displays.
The system will also incorporate Daktronics DakStats® baseball statistics system, which communicates with Major League Baseball’s statistical database.
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