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Daktronics upgrades Kauffman Stadium for return of baseball

Kauffman Stadium, the home of Major League Baseball (MLB) club Kansas City Royals, will have its fan experience boosted for the 2021 season through improvements conducted by audiovisual systems company Daktronics.

When baseball returns to Kauffman Stadium next year, the ballpark’s main video display will feature HDR capability and a 138% increase in pixels to bring higher resolution imagery to Royals fans through a new LED video installation.

A new Hall of Fame display in left field and two updated fence displays will also be installed in early 2021 for a total of 10,624 square feet of HDR-capable displays, the third most in MLB.

Royals chairman and CEO, John Sherman, said: “We believe everyone will enjoy the enhanced HDR presentation of CrownVision while the new Hall of Fame board will provide great entertainment possibilities together with dynamic ways for our corporate sponsors to connect with our fans.”

Fitting into the same size and shape of the existing CrownVision centre field display, the upgraded technology will bring more than 3.5 million pixels to the main view feature. It will remain the eighth-largest video board in all of baseball, with the Royals the fourth professional baseball team to have an HDR-capable main video board.

The upgraded fence displays will bring another 700,000-plus pixels and the new Hall of Fame display adds almost 900,000 pixels to the outfield. All displays will feature 15-millimetre pixel spacings using Surface-Mount Device (SMD) LED technology. The Royals will be the second ballpark in MLB to use Daktronics’ SMD technology, which will allow for wider viewing angles and enhanced colour blending.

The main display will remain the same size at 105 feet high by 85 feet wide and the two fence displays will each measure seven feet high by 127 feet wide. The new installation will feature improved resolution for better image quality and increased brightness to share videos, stats, graphics and sponsor messages with fans throughout the ballpark.

“The improved resolution of the CrownVision and fence displays, along with the addition of the Hall of Fame display, will have a major positive impact on the fan experience at Kauffman Stadium,” said Daktronics president and CEO, Reece Kurtenbach.

“We’re excited to continue our longstanding partnership with the Kansas City Royals and to update the display we installed prior to the 2008 season. The advancement in technology over the years, including HDR capability, will certainly be on display and entertaining their fans for years to come.”

Images: Daktronics