Larger-than-life videoboard in SoFi Stadium



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The swanky SoFi Stadium is located on a sport and entertainment complex on the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack in Los Angeles, United States. The luxurious and expansive arena will serve as the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers in the National Football League (NFL).

The stadium is scheduled to open its doors in August this year and over the next few years it is planned that the arena will host a slate of events – WrestleMania in 2021, The Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football Playoff National Championships in 2023 and the Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies in 2028.

Thanks to Samsung outdoor LED products, the SoFi Stadium will boast a 70,000 square foot double-sided center-hung videoboard that is said to contain the biggest LED ever used in a sports or entertainment venue, with the stadium enjoying the first 4K end-to-end video production in a venue, and the videoboard itself said to have the largest LED content playback system ever deployed.

With nearly 80 million pixels spaced eight millimeters from center to center, each panel can be individually or congruently programed with statistics, live and/or animated content. The largest panel is almost 40 feet or four stories tall and the smallest panel is nearly 20 feet or two stories tall. The videoboard’s size and shape make it wider than the field of play and it can be seen from anywhere in the stadium.

SoFi Stadium update - July 2020 video boardImage: Samsung

To provide fans an unforgettable experience, the different sizes of the video panels are so 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.

Built into the videoboard is a JBL audio system with more than 260 of the stadium’s total 4,500 JBL loudspeakers. The videoboard sound system accounts for half a million of the 1.3 million watts of Crown Audio amplification in the venue.

SoFi Stadium features cutting edge display technology and serves as another example of Samsung’s commitment to changing the way fans interact with live sports,” said Harry Patz, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Display Division at Samsung Electronics America.

“We are proud to outfit the stadium with an iconic, first of its kind, double-sided 4K LED display and additional Samsung digital signage technology to ensure that each fan has a unique experience every time they visit Hollywood Park. SoFi Stadium will instantly become one of the NFL’s most talked-about stadiums and Samsung is honored to be a part of its history from the start.”

Remarked Jason Gannon, Managing Director of SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, “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.”

Samsung also provided the outdoor LED for five stories of fascia display at the stadium.
 

Fact file

  • The largest videoboard ever created in sports – 2.2. million pounds and 70,000 square feet of digital LED;
  • The only 4k end-to-end videoboard in sports;
  • Its design/structure is the first-of-its-kind, making it the only dual-sided, center-hung videoboard;
  • Its largest panel is about 40 feet or four stories tall; its smallest panel is almost 20 feet or two stories tall;
  • It is 120 yards long or 1.2 times longer and 1.5 times wider than the field;
  • Approximately, 80 million pixels are featured in its oval display;
  • The pixels are spaced 8 millimeters from center-to-center and can be uniquely or congruently programed with statistics, live and/or animated content;
  • Largest graphics control system in the history of sports; and
  • The videoboard sits 122 feet above the playing field and 70 feet below the roof canopy.

 

Audio prowess

  • The videoboard has more than 260 speakers embedded into its structure, and the wattage power equivalence of 1,500 home theater systems;
  • The videoboard has more than seven miles of loudspeaker cable wound throughout;
  • It also features 220 large format, high-output, full-range, JBL VLA Series loud speakers and 48 dual 18” subwoofers used to cover the majority of the seating area via the videoboard;
  • Besides the videoboard, Harman products deployed at SoFi Stadium range from small background music systems, to outdoor surface-mounted and in-ground solutions;
  • The 268 JBL speakers contained in the videoboard are part of the total 4,500 JBL speakers used throughout the stadium including, the seating bowl, back-of-house offices, locker and dressing rooms, suites, public entrances, hospitality spaces, and exterior stadium grounds and parking lot;
  • The total SoFi stadium audio system includes 1,400 individual channels of Crown amplification, ranging from 300 to 2,500 watts each, with a total potential output of 1.3 million watts. The videoboard represents half a million of the total potential output, making SoFi Stadium one of the loudest sports venues in the world; and
  • The BSS networked digital signal processing audio system includes 852 audio inputs and 852 outputs in addition to more than 5,000 potential networked audio feeds.

 
SoFi Stadium’s videoboard – which is a marvel in itself – has been designed by HKS. The LED technology provider is Samsung and Harman brands the audio provider. The audio system design has been done by WJHW (Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, and Williams, Inc.). Pro Media Audio and Video is the audio system contractor.

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