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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Giants confident massive new scoreboard will be ready for Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO—When members of the local media were let into Oracle Park on Friday to see upgrades, it was easy to be concerned about the scoreboard. The new version appears nowhere close to done, but the Giants are quickly making progress, and in the few minutes it took three team executives to brief the media on the ballpark, one percent of the scoreboard panels got completed.

Bill Schlough, the team’s Chief Information Officer, said there are no concerns about Opening Day. The $10 million Diamond Vision board will be fully operational by April 5, when the team returns home to host the Tampa Bay Rays. Schlough said the scoreboard will be more than two-thirds finished by Monday’s exhibition game against the A’s, and since the Giants have been testing it as they install rows, they will be able to use the completed portion Monday.

Even that will represent a significant upgrade. The new scoreboard will be the first 4K version in the majors, and will be 153 feet wide and 70 feet high. It is more than three times the size of the previous one, with twice the resolution.

Doings at China Basin- would that I had either the time or money….

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: china basin, giants, opening day, scoreboard

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   1. Brian C Posted: March 23, 2019 at 09:42 PM (#5824902)
But honestly, who really cares. This is the kind of thing that you look at when you first walk in and go, oh cool, and then never really give it a second thought after that. This was true even at Wrigley, where obviously there was no video board at all before.

We've long passed the point where the average major venue has good and clear enough video boards for everyone to clearly see, and now teams do these upgrades just so they can say they did it.
   2. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: March 24, 2019 at 08:18 AM (#5824925)
@1 I will disagree to an extent. I think a non-zero number of people would notice if a board was in the bottom 5-10 in baseball, so periodic updates are probably necessary. If your going to upgrade every 10 years or so then I suspect the cost difference between adequate and state of the art isn't so much as to be prohibitive.

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