AKRON AEROS ANNOUNCE $1.65
MILLION VIDEO BOARD PROJECT
new 26' x 68' HD15 video board will be the largest in Double-A baseball
January 22, 2013 - The Akron Aeros, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland
Indians, announced today a new privately-funded $1.65 million HD video
board project for the 2013 season at Canal Park, which includes the
largest video board in Double-A baseball, and one of the five largest
in all of Minor League Baseball, and an HD LED ribbon board display in
left-center field. The project will place Canal Park among the top
parks in the country in technological advancement and in-game
video board is just part of our commitment to our fans and the city of
Akron. We are obsessed about giving our fans the very best experience
possible and this is one of many new enhancements Aeros' fans can look
forward to in 2013," said Aeros' owner Ken Babby, who signed a 30-year
lease extension with the city of Akron and a four-year player
development agreement extension with the Cleveland Indians in October.
main video board will have a crisp and vibrant HD15 screen and have an
active display area of a height of 26 feet and width of 68 feet.
Together with the 8'x3' digital line score board, there will be almost
2,000 square feet of HD LED display, making it the largest in Double-A
baseball. It will be almost four times the size of the previous video
board, which was installed in 2006, measuring 18'x25' and covering 450
square feet. Together with the 6'x54' ribbon board and the 8'x3'
digital line score board that will run below the main video board,
there will be 2,314 total square feet of LED display, more than five
times of the previous Canal Park setup.
will notice the difference with instant replays from and live HD video
on the new main LED board with more than 281 trillion colors utilized,
compared to the 16 million colors typical of an LCD HDTV. More than
$300,000 in video equipment upgrades include five HD cameras that will
capture all of the exciting action on the field and the fun in the
stands. Fans will also be able to stay up to date on out-of-town scores
and other game information on the integrated new LED ribbon board in
board will present the Aeros with creative options for nightly
promotions, in-game contests, and fan interactions as well as enhancing
the game information with displayed lineups and real-time statistical
video board project is all about giving the fans in Akron the best
entertainment in Northeast Ohio. We pride ourselves on providing
affordable family entertainment and fans will certainly get their
money's worth this season with an unparalleled experience at the
ballpark," said Aeros general manager Jim Pfander.
teamed up with Daktronics, the world's largest supplier of large screen
video displays and electronic scoreboards for project design.
is proud to team with the Akron Aeros to design and install this
state-of-the-art LED display for Canal Park and the city of Akron. I
think the new video board will really excite the fans with its clarity,
brightness and versatility and make the in-game entertainment something
special," said Daktronics sales representative Daryl Mihal.
has long been committed to hard work and innovation as pathways to
success. Our new board will be the best in its class in terms of
quality, size and technical specifications," said Babby.
Semple and Jack Wrightson of Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon &
Williams, Inc., served as consultants during the bidding process and
Glen Stephens and Pete Popovic of G.Stephens, Inc., are overseeing the
are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In the
just-completed 2012 season, the Aeros had the best regular-season
record in all of Double-A baseball and won the Eastern League
Championship for the fourth time in team history. The team begins its
17th season in Akron on April 4, 2013, with a 6:05 pm game against the
Binghamton Mets at Canal Park. For more information, call the Aeros at
330-253-5151 or visit www.akronaeros.com. The Aeros are on Facebook
www.facebook.com/TheAkronAeros and Twitter @AkronAeros.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.