ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Cardinals officials are touting an improved fan experience for the 2016 season.
According to Cardinals officials, when fans immediately walk into Busch Stadium they will notice two major improvements. First, all 11 video boards have been upgraded to high definition – better resolution, increased brightness. Second, wireless internet has been added all around the ballpark.
“We want to improve fan experience to allow people to more easily tweet and post pictures to Facebook to essentially share their experience at the ballpark,” said Perry Yee, Director of Information Technology for the St. Louis Cardinals.
As part of a $300 million project by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, all 30 ballparks are now equipped with Wi-Fi and improved cellular connectivity. Cardinals officials say the equivalent of 30 miles of Ethernet cabling was put into the stadium. The whole project took more than 10,000 man hours to complete.
In addition, Cardinals officials say the HD video boards are going to keep the Cardinals from falling behind other stadiums with regards to technology.
The new boards – in addition to all the technology that goes along with it – will allow for more replays to be shown from more angles. There will also be room for more statistics within new layouts. The Cardinals admit they have come a long way in ten years.
“When we built the stadium in 2006, we were right on the cusp of HD. So a lot of the equipment that we had was not HD – the board, the resolution wasn’t all that great and it didn’t take an HD signal that well. We’ve had some HD pieces that have been inserted over the last couple years, but this is our first full scale deployment of HD,” said Tony Simokaitis, Director of Production for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Simokaitis also added, “I think part of it was just technology and when you say ‘keeping up,’ it’s HD technology. At some point you had to make the jump. We’re pulling 3.4-3.5 million people through the gates. We better have a nice experience to support that.”
The upgrades also include some reworking of the stadium audio system to enhance audio experience of going to a baseball game.
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