Watford FC installs LED screens wider than double-decker buses

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English soccer club Watford FC has transformed its Vicarage Road stadium with two superwide LED video screens that measure 861ft2 (80m2) each.

The advanced screens, supplied and installed by technology specialists ADI, are located at either end of the stadium behind the goals and are able to simultaneously deliver live video, score information, sponsor branding and match stats.

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As well as helping fans to get a better perspective of the match, the 10mm high resolution displays, will screen replays, match stats, pre-match build up and, crucially for the 2019/20 season, VAR decisions.

“ADI’s new giant screens are a great way to help kick off our new Premier League season. We continue to make a number of improvements to the stadium infrastructure here at Vicarage Road, and this innovative solution – given our ambitious stadium development plans – meant that we can continue to deliver a great visual experience to our supporters,” said Scott Duxbur, Watford Football Club’s chairman and chief executive.

The installation of the large displays was a big project, which involved using a 279ft (85m) tall crane to lift the entire screen over the stadium roof and into position.

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“This has been a major construction and engineering project involving road closures and consideration for local residents. Lifting a 10-ton screen, the length of two double decker buses, over houses and the stadium roof is not without its challenges. However, in overcoming those challenges, and achieving what most would consider to be impossible, this has been one of the most rewarding projects we’ve delivered in recent years,” said ADI’s CEO, Geraint Williams.

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