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Cubs Hire Daktronics To Run Video Boards

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Wondering what's going to be on the Cubs' new Jumbotrons? We've got the info.

Courtesy Chicago Cubs (photo illustration: Mike Bojanowski)

While we are still uncertain as to whether the bleachers will be open April 5 for Opening Night, the Cubs say their video board will be ready to go, according to Danny Ecker at Crain's Chicago Business.

Ecker also notes that Daktronics, a South Dakota-based firm that's well-versed in stadium video boards, will be the company installing the hardware. Here are some details about the sizes of the boards and what will be on them:

The left-field video board will be 42 feet high by 95 feet wide and the right-field board will measure 29 feet high by 71 feet wide.  

Both will feature "variable content zoning" on their displays, which allows them to show one large image for live video and instant replays or break up the screens into zones to show scoring information, statistics, graphics and advertising.  

Also part of the Daktronics deal will be two new displays on the outfield wall in left field and right field measuring nearly 450-square-feet apiece. It will also install two new 74.5-foot-long ribbon displays along the first and third baselines on the upper deck fascia—far longer than the current displays—and two additional ribbon displays with pitch information.

For comparison, the center-field manual scoreboard at Wrigley Field is 27 feet high and 75 feet wide, roughly the size that the right-field board will be. This also confirms that there will be "ribbon boards" on the upper deck facades; I've long wanted those, as most of them at existing parks have quite a bit of useful information. Here's an example of the types of info you can see on a ribbon board -- that one is from Chase Field.

You can see the rendering of the left-field board at the top of this post. Here's a rendering of the right-field board (click here for a larger version):

right field rendering wrigley december 2014

Here's something else from Ecker's article I found most interesting:

The team must also tread carefully with the type of imagery and video they show on all of Wrigley's video boards to stay on track for a major federal tax credit from the National Park Service said to be worth $75 million.

While they certainly will have advertising on the boards -- otherwise, what's the point? -- I'm hoping this means Tom Ricketts' promise of "No Kiss Cams!" will turn out to be true.