Samsung-Mets ‘score’ a point with scoreboard



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The Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and the Major League Baseball (MLB) team New York Mets (US) recently made sports history with the installment of the largest scoreboard across all professional ballparks.

‘Samsung’ stated that as fans gear up for the start of a new baseball season, they will have a firsthand look at the enhanced and fully upgraded dual-sided centerfield videoboard, which features a 17,400 square feet LED screen on the front and 6,900 square feet on the back. Since Fall of 2022, Samsung has installed over 29,800 square feet of new LED at the Mets’ home facility – the Citi Field in New York (US).

The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens (US). The Mets compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the American League’s New York Yankees.

The 41,800-capacity Citi Field is a baseball stadium located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York City, United States. It opened in 2009 and is the home field of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. The stadium was built as a replacement for the adjacent 45,000-capacity Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964 and shut shop on September 28th, 2008. The Citi Field has been designed by eminent design firm Populous.

New York (US)-based Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world. The MLB is composed of 30 teams, divided equally between the National League and the American League, with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada.

The 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) season began on March 30th, with the regular season planned to end on October 1st, 2023.

New Jersey (US)-based the Samsung Electronics America, Inc. manufactures electronic products. The company offers televisions, digital cameras, cell phones, storage devices, home appliances, security systems, smart watches, and computer products. Samsung Electronics America serves customers worldwide.

‘Samsung’ further stated that unveiled for the first time at the Mets’ ‘What’s New at Citi Field’ event on March 23rd, attendees had a sneak peek of what fans can expect for the upcoming season. The scoreboard is the highlight of the multiple digital display upgrades throughout the entire stadium, providing fans with a state-of-the-art display experience. Even as fans enjoy the new experience introduced throughout the ballpark, the new scoreboard ensures that they won’t miss a moment of the action taking place on the field.

Remarked James Fishler, Senior Vice-President, Display and Home Entertainment Division, Samsung Electronics America, “As an emerging New York landmark, the Citi Field continues to set itself apart with the integration of cutting-edge display technology that enhances the in-stadium experience for fans. Samsung is a proud partner of the Mets and with the installment of the first-of-its-kind, double-sided LED display, we are excited to help the franchise reach the next level of technology innovation in professional sports.”
 

Centerfield Scoreboard

Since forming its partnership in 2021, Samsung has worked with the Mets to transform Citi Field into the most technologically advanced, professional ballpark. The multiyear digital transformation included the deployment of over 1,300 Large Format Display (LFD) displays and several new outdoor LED displays last year, totaling over 15 million pixels. The second phase of installments, which will be fully operational by Opening Day on April 6th, will feature several new outfield displays, including the new centerfield scoreboard, increasing the total pixel count in Citi Field to 40 million. In addition to the centerfield scoreboard, Mets fans will see display improvements in all corners of the stadium, including exterior signage, digital concession menu boards and more.

Shared David Phelps, Vice-President, Product Management, Display Division, Samsung Electronics America, “Samsung’s innovative technology at Citi Field will expand the standard for what fans expect when entering the country’s best stadiums. Over a two-year period, we’ve transformed a once static signage environment to an all-digital experience. While working with the Mets, we’ve been able to push the boundaries of what is possible by delivering more creative and unique experiences for its fan base.”

The new LED technology also enables opportunities for Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising by transforming once static displays into a blank canvas of creativity. The scoreboard offers near unlimited configurations for advertisers to stand out from the competition and deliver entirely new visual experiences to fans. With the ability to accept multiple forms of content, the dynamic display helps foster the local economy by providing business owners with an affordable solution to advertise at the Citi Field.

The back of the dual-sided scoreboard reaches heights so tall that it’s visible from the highway, offering yet another opportunity to increase sponsorship and advertisement revenue, as well as inform and excite fans waiting to enter the stadium to join the action.
 

Immersive Entertainment

The Citi Field’s main video LED board is substantially the largest scoreboard across all professional ballparks and over three times larger than Citi Field’s previous centerfield scoreboard. The expansive 17,400 square-foot high-definition video display ensures that no matter where fans are in the stadium, they won’t miss the action on or off the field. Including the new enhanced display on the back, the centerfield scoreboard features over 24,000 square feet of LED signage and over 13 million pixels, along with a high-resolution, 10mm pixel pitch display to enhance the in-stadium fan experience. Teams in the dugouts and fans in the stands alike can watch 4K instant replays, up-close game action, game stats, interactive updates, and more.

Maintained Mark Brubaker, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), New York Mets, “Samsung’s state-of-the-art technology upgrades at Citi Field underscore our goal of providing best-in-class experiences for our fans. The quality of these enhancements will not only provide our fans with more immersive and memorable visits to the ballpark, but it also positions the Citi Field as a trailblazer in the industry.”

The iconic ballpark’s digital transformation demonstrates how today’s display technology can seamlessly integrate into stadiums and introduce unique interactive offerings for fans. Built for the future, Samsung’s technology upgrades to Citi Field create an interactive environment for all generations of baseball fans traveling to the ballpark.

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