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Apr 25, 2015

AT&T Stadium’s Center-Hung Diamond Vision: Fun Facts

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AT&T Stadium in Arlington boasts the world’s largest high-definition LED video displays.  At a cost of $40 million, the technological breakthroughs for the state-of-the-art  video boards were completed by Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision Systems.  Here are some fun facts about the first center-hung video boards in football history.


*The world’s largest 1080p video board contains 30 million light bulbs and 25,000 square feet of video displays.


*The $40 million cost is more than the original cost of building Texas Stadium.


*Each of the two center-hung sideline displays is 160 feet wide and 72 feet tall.  The boards stretch from one 20-yard line to the other 20-yard line.  Each of the two screens weighs 1.2 million pounds.  The screen area for each sideline display board is 11,393 square feet.  The video source is 1080p HDTV.  The pixel pitch is 20mm.  Power consumption is 635 kilowatts.


*The center-hung End Zone Displays (which the fans sitting in the end zones will view) are each 51 feet wide and 29 feet tall.  Each end zone display screen weighs 25,000 pounds with a screen area of 1,439 square feet.  The video source is 1080p HDTV.  Pixel pitch is 16 mm.  Power consumption is 80 kilowatts.


*It would take 4,920 52” flat panel televisions to equal the size of the center-hung board.


*Each of the 4 sides of the center-hung board consists of the first true 1080 HD display in an NFL stadium:  1080 true pixels in height at 20mm spacing and capable of displaying HDTV at 16:9 resolution.


*Each display contains over 10.5 million LED’s using Mitsubishi’s 10mm quad pixel pattern technology. 


*The video board weighs 1.2 million pounds.  The overall weight of the video board structure is more than 3.5% of the total roof weight.


*To hold the video board in place, a 72-foot tall steel structure was created that contains a 10-level network of catwalks.  The lowest level is 90 feet above the playing surface.  The structure weighs 600 tons.


*Steel cables measuring 3” in diameter grip each end of the board.  The cables are tethered to the stadium’s steel arch trusses.  The center-hung steel structure is also designed to support a 90,000 pound basketball arena style scoreboard hung from below when needed for other events such as the NBA All-Star Game, the Texas-North Carolina college basketball game, the NCAA Final Four, etc.


*The only access to the video board is via one of two motorized platforms.  The platforms stop at levels 1 to 9.  Level 10 is the top of the scoreboard and hold the backlit Cowboys star.  The platforms move at a rate of 30 feet per minute.  They are operated from field level when nobody is in the board.  If someone is in the board, the platforms can be operated from the cages themselves as workers descend from the board.


*Mitsubishi Diamond Vision also supplied four screens (280-feet each) for the stadium’s lower concourse.  They also provided the upper level fascia (a.k.a. “Ribbon” display) which measure 4 feet in height and stretches nearly 2,000 linear feet. 


*Two Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor displays total more than 2,900 square feet. 


*During Cowboys game days, an in-house production crew uses 8 high-definition cameras to provide content for the Diamond Vision center-hung boards.  Producers are located in a state-of-the-art control room within the stadium.  They will provide replays and up-close looks at players/coaches and content that is totally separate from the network television broadcast.


*Mitsubishi Electric was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 MLB All-Star game at Dodgers Stadium.  Most recently, the company has installed large high-definition displays at Turner Field in Atlanta, Yankee Stadium in New York, AT&T Park in San Francisco, MTV Studios in New York City’s Times Square, and marquees for Bally’s and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


*Jerry Jones got the idea for a high-definition center-hung board for the new AT&T Stadium while attending a Celine Dion concert at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision created and installed the video boards for Dion’s concert. 


*Please don’t call the video boards a “Jumbotron” which is a Sony product.  The folks with the Cowboys and Mitsubishi will be quick to remind you that their boards are “Diamond Vision”.


*In addition to the Diamond Vision displays and Ribbon displays, Mitsubishi also provided the stadium’s new fully integrated scoring system, content management and playback system, game timers, delay of game clocks, locker room clocks, and ticket window displays.

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