SoFi Stadium installs largest videoboard in sports

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SoFi Stadium, the future shared home of the NFL’s LA Rams and Chargers, has completed the installation of the largest videoboard in sports.

The oval-shaped display weighs 2.2 million pounds, measures 120 yards long, and features 80 million pixels in its 70,000ft2 of digital LED. Its largest panel measures 40ft high – about four stories tall.

The state-of-the-art dual-sided, centerhung system, designed by HKS with LED technology coming from Samsung and audio from Harman, is the only 4K end-to-end videoboard in sports.

The different sizes of the video panels are designed to serve spectators in every seat, from the sideline to the upper deck. Fans sitting in the lower bowl of the stadium will view the inside of the videoboard as it sits directly across from their line of view, while guests in the upper bowl will view the outer panels of the videoboard.

“The monitor is designed to activate the entire seating bowl and is unprecedented in the world of sports and entertainment,” said Mark A. Williams, FAIA, Principal HKS. “The display is shaped to extend the field of play allowing the 360-degree, two-sided board to provide every seat location and fan an unparalleled experience in content and viewing options. This design integration of technology and entertainment will elevate every visitor’s experience while enjoying live events.”

As well as its visual might, it has impressive audio capabilities to match with more than 260 speakers embedded into its structure. It took more than seven miles of loudspeaker cable to install and has the wattage strength to power 1,500 home theater systems.

“The Samsung LED technology represented in the videoboard at SoFi Stadium is unlike anything fans have ever experienced. The design, as well as the board’s video and audio capabilities, are the first of their kind in sports and will set a new precedent for the in-stadium experience,” said Jason Gannon, managing director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.

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