(Uptown Charlotte, NC) - As BB&T Ballpark continues to take shape, the Charlotte Knights revealed plans to install the widest videoboard in Minor League Baseball at a press conference held at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte on Wednesday, October 9. The Knights are partnering with Toshiba Managed Business Services and Total Sports Entertainment (TSE) on the state-of-the-art videoboard to enhance the ballpark experience. Opening Day at BB&T Ballpark is set for Friday, April 11, 2014.
The BB&T Ballpark video project will feature a 30-by-82 foot HD videoboard consisting of nearly three million LED lamps. Located in left-center field, the stunning HD videoboard will give fans at BB&T Ballpark a front row seat to all of the team's on-field promotions, in-game entertainment, as well as up-to-the-minute scores, highlights, and instant replays. The BB&T Ballpark videoboard will be the largest of its kind in the International League and is six times larger than the team's previous one at Knights Stadium.
The new home of the Knights will also feature a dazzling 14-by-35 foot LED exterior video display, an 8-by-120 foot LED ribbon board display along the right field wall, two 3-by 32 ½ foot fascia ribbon LED displays along the upper level façade on both sides of the stadium, and an LED video ribbon board measuring
2 ½- by 42 ¾ feet within BB&T Ballpark's five-section ticket plaza.
"This videoboard will provide fans with a one-of-a-kind experience at BB&T Ballpark," said Charlotte Knights Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Dan Rajkowski. "The audio-visual aspect of our new ballpark was a clear priority for us as it relates to providing the best experience possible for our fans. Toshiba and TSE clearly understood our vision while providing an impressive digital signage implementation to allow our fans to better enjoy their time at BB&T Ballpark."
Toshiba is also installing vibrant LCD menu boards within the BB&T Ballpark concession stands, as well as televisions throughout the concourse so that fans will never miss a pitch of the action. Televisions will also be installed in the clubhouses, offices, team store, ballpark suites and suite level areas.
"By working closely with the Knights' executives in every phase of the planning, our goal was to deliver a comprehensive digital signage implementation to meet the discerning audio-visual needs of the team's fan base," said Bill Melo, General Manager, Toshiba Managed Business Services. "By outfitting the team with one of the largest and visually dynamic scoreboards in professional baseball as well as nearly 200 digital displays throughout the ballpark permitting fans to stay connected to the game, we believe we have done just that."
Charlotte's consultant on the video project was TSE, a firm that provides quality design, equipment, installation, and support facilities while increasing efficiency, content, and adaptability of video production.
"Everyone at TSE Services, is excited to be chosen by the Knights to lead in the design, procurement and oversight of BB&T Ballpark's state-of-the-art LED displays, HD production room and other audio-video technology," stated TSE's Owner and Chief Consultant, Bob Masewicz. "We challenged ourselves to integrate more innovative technology aspects to ensure BB&T Ballpark becomes one of the most dynamic stadiums in professional baseball."
About Toshiba Managed Business Services (TMBS):
Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba Managed Business Services (TMBS) is a division of Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc., an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the world's eighth-largest electronics/electrical equipment company. TMBS provides such business offerings as managed document services (MDS), managed print services (MPS), document security, workflow/capture, barcode printing systems as well as retail kiosks and comprehensive managed digital signage solutions. For more information on Toshiba solutions and services available in the United States, please visit: http://toshiba-solutions.com/tmbs/.
TSE Services is a full-service consulting and game-production solutions and software company. TSE offers sports-franchise consulting, A/V production and equipment integration, game-operations software and sponsorship sales systems management software. Since our inception in 1984, TSE continues to provide the sports industry with tools and technology to stay in the forefront of the best entertainment venues in the world. With offices across the United States, TSE continues to expand three distinct divisions. TSE's Consulting division is your franchise opening and revitalization team giving you the direction and guidance to become "the place to be" in your area. TSE's equipment division provides a wide range of audio/video production systems design and integration supported by over 100 years of experience in the industry. TSE's Management Solutions division provides patented event management technology including TSE GameTime ScriptPRO, a game management solution for building and executing event scripts and schedules, and SponsorPRO, a sponsorship sales automation system used to organize, execute, and track sponsorship inventory. If there is a sports team, venue or event need, TSE has the solution! To learn more, feel free to contract us at (800) 962-2471 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season tickets for the 2014 inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at (980) 207-0079, by email at email@example.com, or in person by stopping by the Knights Uptown Offices located at Packard Place, 222 South Church Street, 3rd floor, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. For more information about Charlotte Knights Baseball, log on to www.charlotteknights.com.
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