Daktronics will continue a long relationship with the MLB’s Texas Rangers to provide nine LED displays and approximately 1,400 LCD for an IPTV system at the team’s new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Eight new SMD (Surface-Mount Device) LED displays, a centerfield 15HD display and all LCDs will be fully integrated using Daktronics Show Control System.
The largest display will tower over right field and measure approximately 58ft high by 150ft wide. The display in left field will measure 40ft high by 111ft wide. These displays feature 15-millimeter line spacing using SMD 3-in-1 LED technology.
Together, these two displays will provide fans with 13,000ft2 of entertainment and information. These displays feature a total of 5.2 million pixels for high-resolution images and it would take 1,220 60-inch televisions to cover both displays.
Both outfield displays are capable of variable content zoning allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages.
Daktronics president and CEO Reece Kurtenbach said:
This system will feature a main video display that is beyond HD resolution using the latest SMD technology that is increasingly becoming standard in these large displays.
Another eight displays in the bowl and an IPTV network of displays throughout the stadium creates a comprehensive solution of displays around the stadium to deliver an immersive experience for the fans. These technologies, powered by an innovative broadcast-quality control system and service expertise, will take the new home of the Texas Rangers to another level of game-day experience.
Spanning the length of the seating fascia from foul pole to foul pole, a ribbon display will measure 2.5ft high by 925ft long. On the suite level fascia, a ribbon display will measure 3.5ft high by 211ft long. These displays also feature 15-millimeter line spacing and SMD technology to provide supplemental information to the main displays while providing the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events.
Two displays using 6-millimeter line spacing will be installed on the field-level suite fascia behind home plate and the display in centerfield will feature a 15HD pixel layout and measure 80ft high by 20ft wide to provide additional information for fans and sponsors.
The Texas Sky Porch will feature a 3.9-millimeter video wall display to connect with fans in the club area. The interview room will feature a 2.5-millimeter narrow pixel pitch display to highlight sponsors as a press conference backdrop.
Rangers executive vice president, ballpark entertainment Chuck Morgan, who has also served as the club’s public address announcer at Arlington Stadium and Globe Life Park since 1983, said:
The Rangers and Daktronics have enjoyed a great partnership that dates back to 1993. With its state-of-the-art technology, Daktronics has assisted us in providing the best possible ballpark entertainment for our fans for many years.
The equipment and technology Daktronics is providing at the new Globe Life Field will bring the ballpark experience to an even higher level and it’s been a pleasure working with them on this project.
The new Globe Life Field, which is being built as a public-private partnership between the City of Arlington and the Rangers, will not only be the team’s new home but also a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue that will include capabilities for hosting high school, college and international sports as well as entertainment tours. Globe Life Field is expected to open in March 2020 in time for the Rangers’ season.