FirstEnergy Stadium's new scoreboard is 'colossal'

CLEVELAND -- The average household television has changed a lot since 1999 when FirstEnergy Stadium was built. They're bigger, they're high-definition and they're power-efficient.

Now, you'll get the luxuries of home with stadium seating.

SPECIAL SECTION: BIG changes at FirstEnergy Stadium

Out with the old and in with the new -- make that two new video boards at the stadium that are nearly triple the size of the originals and the fourth largest in the NFL.

At its widest point, each Daktronics display measures 192 feet wide and they're about 40 feet tall. For comparison, it would take over 1,500 40-inch TV's to fill the size of these displays -- nearly 7,000 square feet.

The displays aren't just bigger than before. You'll notice they're also much closer.

Some of the upper level seating was moved to the lower bowl to make room for the jumbo-sized screens.

There are also 23 other screens installed around the stadium, including ribbon displays that go around the stands. Some are made to show stats, others will have interactive graphics.

What does it take to power these new displays? A brand new, state-of-the-art control room and a supercomputer to run the the displays.

It features a video switcher so you can see live game action along with instant replays, plus software that will bring you game stats from around the league.

And good video is nothing without good audio. The sound system is new as well. New amplifiers mean they can pump up the volume and increase clarity at the same time.

With new gigantic video boards and a fresh sound system, the Cleveland Browns organization is now one step closer to providing ticketholders with the best "fan experience" in the league.

Follow WKYC's Chris Tye on Twitter: @TVTye


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