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Pirates to fit new scoreboard at PNC Park ahead of 2023 MLB season

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PNC Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, is to be fitted with a new LED scoreboard as part of a number of improvement projects ahead of the 2023 season.

The scoreboard in left field will be more than twice the area of the previous display, without taking away the views of the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline. New fascia ribbon boards and an in-park sound system will also form part of the renovation project.

The scoreboard will feature 10-millimetre pixel spacing, resulting in more than 4K pixels in width, and it is hoped the display will deliver “stunningly clear” imagery to fans. Its true HDR capability and higher brightness will also seek to enhance the fan experience for both day and night games.

The Pirates appointed Pennsylvania-based Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision Systems to oversee the installation of the scoreboard, which weighs 83,000 pounds, as well as the other displays throughout the ballpark.

The new fascia ribbon boards will be fitted throughout PNC Park, providing improved clarity for in-game stats and messaging. New home plate, field level and dugout LED displays will also be added, while the stadium’s old speaker system has been replaced with a new system that will provide “crisp and consistent” audio for fans throughout the ballpark.

Other features of the project will include replacements to the video components in the PNC Park scoreboard control room, which the Pirates hope will allow for a seamless game-day production with the new displays and addition of new fixed and wireless cameras covering the action closer for the fans. The team is also fitting a new electrical automation system replacement to enhance the effectiveness of the sports lighting at PNC Park.

Pirates president Travis Williams said: “We know from our many interactions with fans that the way in which they consume the game action is ever-changing. The new scoreboard, fascia displays and sound system will allow our fans to be even more immersed in the action on and off the field.

“It is important that we continue to build upon and enhance everything that makes PNC Park a unique and special place. Last offseason we successfully debuted the revamped River Walk. This season we are excited to unveil additional fan-focused enhancements, beginning with the new sights and sounds our fans will experience this season.”

The upgrades are being jointly funded in partnership with the Sports & Exhibition Authority and the Pirates. They will debut during the team’s home opener against the Chicago White Sox on April 7.

PNC Park also underwent renovation work ahead of the 2022 MLB season, with new social gathering spaces added along with new concession and hospitality concepts.