Daily Record Business Writer
July 17, 2009 7:42 PM
By next football season, Ravens fans will be able to enjoy instant replays and team videos in high definition at M&T Bank Stadium as the stadium’s landlord has started the search for a contractor to build two new video boards.
This month, the Maryland Stadium Authority issued a Request for Proposals to replace the video boards at the stadium and hosted a meeting for applicant contractors last week. The proposals are due at the end of the month and the work would begin immediately following the 2009 season, according to Roy Sommerhof, vice president of stadium operations.
According to the RFP, the video board should be finished by May 2010 and testing the new board with the new control room will take place during that summer to be ready in time for the first regular season home game next year.
The stadium authority recently finished overseeing a $9.1 million high definition video board and control room project at its neighboring property, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. That project took two off-seasons, with the video board installed in 2008 and the control room installed this year. Oriole Park joined nine other ballparks, including Nationals Park in Washington, in offering high definition.
The new boards at M&T Bank would replace the two, 24-foot by 100-foot SmartVision video screens located in each end zone. When the stadium opened in 1998, the SmartVision screens were the largest LED video display screens in any sports venue in the world, according to the Ravens.
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