Kansas City Royals upgrade to HDR video displays at Kauffman Stadium

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When baseball returns to Kauffman Stadium in 2021, the venue’s main video display will feature HDR capability and a 138% increase in pixels to bring higher resolution imagery to Kansas City Royals fans from a new LED video installation from Daktronics.

A new Hall of Fame display in left field and two updated fence displays will also be installed early in 2021 for a total of 10,624ft2 of HDR-capable displays, third-most in all of baseball.

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Fitting into the same size and shape of the existing CrownVision center field display, the upgraded technology will bring more than 3.5 million pixels to the main view feature. It will still be the eighth-largest video board in all of baseball and the fourth professional baseball team to have an HDR-capable main video board. The upgraded fence displays will bring another 700,000+ pixels and the new Hall of Fame display brings almost 900,000 pixels to the outfield. All displays will feature 15mm pixel spacings using Surface-Mount Device (SMD) LED technology.

The main display will remain the same size at 105ft high by 85ft wide and the two fence displays will each measure 7ft high by 127ft 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.

“We are very excited to bring these new and improved video boards to our fans at Kauffman Stadium,” said Royals’ chairman and CEO John Sherman. “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. We can’t wait to welcome our fans back to The K next season to share these new experiences together.”

The new highlight in the outfield is the Hall of Fame display in left field which is also HDR capable. It will measure 20.5ft high by 108ft wide for more than 2,200ft2 of digital display space. For comparison, it would take 206 60in televisions to cover the entire display face.

“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.”

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