SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles has announced that work has been completed on the largest videoboard ever assembled in an arena.
The Samsung-built 70,000-square-foot centre-hung videoboard will be a central point of the new $5bn, 70,000-seat home of National Football League (NFL) teams Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders. SoFi Stadium, which is situated in Hollywood Park, is now 97 per cent complete ahead of its first major event when the Rams play New Orleans Saints on August 14.
Designed by HKS, the videoboard is 120 yards long or 1.2 times longer and 1.5 times wider than the field. Its oval display features approximately 80 million pixels, which are spaced 8mm from centre-to-centre and can be uniquely or congruently programmed with statistics, live and animated content.
The videoboard not only features the most LEDs ever used in a sports or entertainment venue, but also has the first and only 4K end-to-end video production in a stadium.
“The Samsung LED technology represented in the videoboard at SoFi Stadium is unlike anything fans have ever experienced,” said Jason Gannon, managing director of SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “The design as well as the board’s video and audio capabilities are the first of their kind in sports and will set a new precedent for the in-stadium experience.”
The videoboard has more than 260 speakers embedded into its structure, the wattage power equivalence of 1,500 home theatre systems, and more than seven miles of loudspeaker cable. Audio services were provided by Harman, designer WJHW and contractor Pro Media Audio and Video.
Harry Patz, senior vice president at Samsung Electronics America, said: “We are proud to outfit the stadium with an iconic, first of its kind, double-sided 4K LED display and additional Samsung digital signage technology to ensure that each fan has a unique experience every time they visit Hollywood Park.
“SoFi Stadium will instantly become one of the NFL’s most talked about stadiums and Samsung is honoured to be a part of its history from the start.”
In May, NFL owners voted unanimously to provide Rams owner Stan Kroenke with an additional $500m (£408m/€454m) in financing to help complete SoFi Stadium. The budget of the stadium is now said to have risen from an initially projected $2.2bn to between $5bn and $6bn.
Images: SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park