Anthony James Partners (AJP), a subsidiary of ASM Global, has announced the completion of major technology upgrades at Rogers Centre, home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.
The upgrades have been rolled out for the new MLB season and are designed to enhance the overall game experience for fans, players and employees.
The C$13.7m (£8.3m/€10m/$10.9m) audiovisual tech overhaul forms part of the wider C$200m modernisation of the stadium and includes a new video replay control room, revamped LED display system and sound system.
The revamped LED display system includes a huge 110-foot by 44-foot LED scoreboard, a monster ribbon board and new left and right outfield wall displays, while the new sound system includes a replacement of all loudspeakers and amplifiers. The video replay control room has also been completely rebuilt.
The upgrades cap off a three-year phased audiovisual technology implementation, which AJP worked on alongside the Blue Jays and Rogers Communication, which owns the team.
ASM Global acquired a controlling interest in AJP back in January. AJP specialises in audiovisual technology systems and solutions, with its recent and current partners including the Nashville Predators, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Union.
Last month, the Blue Jays received approval to carry out further renovation work at Rogers Centre amid ongoing talks over a potential new stadium for the team. Rogers Centre’s clubhouse, training room and other facilities will be upgraded, while work is also set to be carried out in the 100 Level of the stadium.
Mark Shapiro, president and chief executive of the Blue Jays, said the work will provide the team with more time to assess a potential new stadium for the team. In November 2020, it was reported that Rogers Communications had put plans to redevelop the ballpark temporarily on hold amid reports that the franchise is considering building a new stadium on the site of its current home.
The 49,000-seat Rogers Centre has been the home of the Blue Jays since 1989 and is also used to host music concerts. It previously served as the home of Canadian Football League team the Toronto Argonauts and also hosted the NBA’s Toronto Raptors in the 1990s while the team’s new arena was being built.
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