Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, showcased its audio-visual technologies on Sunday during Orlando City’s Major League Soccer match against New York City FC.
The game marked Orlando’s first competitive fixture at the brand new Orlando City Stadium. Panasonic, which entered into a multi-year partnership with the club in 2014, provided the ground’s LED video display in front of a sold-out crowd.
The screen measures 60 feet by 33 feet, which is equivalent to two and a half football goals wide by four goals high. The display is used for fans to see instant replays, interviews and special happenings in real-time.
With more than 300 feet of ribbon displays and 584 feet of pitch perimeter displays, visitors to the stadium can track live scores and statistics.
Orlando City Stadium is home to Orlando City, Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Orlando City B of the United Soccer League (USL).
“Having Panasonic as our technology partner is a huge asset to both us as a club and to all of our fans,” said Orlando City vice-president of corporate partnerships Rob Parker.
“Panasonic understands the importance of having not only top notch technology, but the importance using that technology to engage with fans, making them a part of the game no matter where they are in the stadium.”
Don Szczepaniak, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions’ executive vice-president, added: “Panasonic genuinely values being the principal provider of technology and fan engagement solutions for several stadiums in MLS, and the addition of our partnership with Orlando City and their new soccer-specific stadium is truly an honour.
“It is our mission to provide solutions to the team that enables them to bring about an entirely new experience that will entertain and excite their fans.”
The stadium is designed with the intention of creating the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere, with North America’s only safe-standing supporter section and a low slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise.