English Premier League football club Watford has installed two new giant ‘superwide’ LED screens at Vicarage Road in time for the 2019-20 season.
The 80-square-metre screens have been delivered by stadium display technology provider ADI. The screens feature 10mm high resolution displays and will screen replays, match stats, pre-match build-up and VAR decisions.
The screens have been designed to simultaneously deliver live video, score information, sponsor branding and match stats. It is hoped the technology will further enhance the match-day experience at Vicarage Road and easily communicate to fans decisions that have been made by VAR, which has been introduced to the Premier League for this season.
ADI manufactured and delivered the screens, lifting them over the stadium roof using specialist equipment.
Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “ADI’s new giant screens are a great way to help kick off our new Premier League season. We continue to make a number of improvements to the stadium infrastructure here at Vicarage Road, and this innovative solution – given our ambitious stadium development plans – meant that we can continue to deliver a great visual experience to our supporters.
“Having worked with ADI for a number of years, we were confident in their ability to deliver the right solution and we’re delighted with the result.”
ADI chief executive Geraint Williams added: “This has been a major construction and engineering project involving road closures and consideration for local residents. Lifting a 10-ton screen, the length of two double decker buses, over houses and the stadium roof is not without its challenges.
“However, in overcoming those challenges, and achieving what most would consider to be impossible, this has been one of the most rewarding projects we’ve delivered in recent years.”
Duxbury revealed last year that Watford was looking to expand Vicarage Road’s capacity from 21,577 to potentially around 30,000, although plans are at an early stage.