LED Video Tech at Wrigley Field

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Daktronics installed the first ever LED video technology at the historic, century-old Wrigley Field in Chicago. Among several displays, two large outfield displays are now installed. One measures 28 feet 10 inches by 70 feet 10 inches, and the other measures 42 feet 1 inch by 92 feet 10 inches.

Nominating Company:  Daktronics, Brookings, South Dakota
Venue: Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs, Chicago, Illinois
Project: Wrigley Field LED video project
Category: Event Venues & Hospitality

BACKGROUND
Before the 2015 MLB season, the Chicago Cubs wanted to add LED video technology, which has become a standard in sport stadiums. They wanted to maintain a traditional ballpark feel without disrupting the nostalgia of Wrigley Field. The displays were used strategically within the stadium with the ballpark’s history in mind while also bringing in modern-day technology, video replay capabilities and additional entertainment options to their fans.

CHALLENGES
Daktronics was sensitive to the ballpark’s history with the design and implementation of the displays. In addition, the Cubs had a very tight installation window of only 48 hours, which Daktronics was able to accommodate.

SOLUTIONS
Daktronics’ exceptional project management staff worked closely with team and facility representatives to review each phase of the project and help keep the installation flowing. This included a herculean effort to work around the clock and complete everything before their opening home game of 2015.

Daktronics’ complete understanding of outdoor video display projects and track record of successful installations was extremely valuable to the Chicago Cubs for completing this project on time within the 48-hour installation window and meeting the team’s vision for bringing the first significant video displays to the 100-year-old Wrigley Field.

RESULTS
The Chicago Cubs put their trust in the right company as Daktronics used all of the resources it had available along with local service support to ensure every milestone was completed and the video super system was fully operational for the first game. Wrigley Field now uses the system to enhance the game-day experience for Cubs’ fans while tastefully incorporating additional stats and video, including content that complements the ballpark’s history and traditions.

Daktronics was nominated for a DSE 2016 APEX Award in the Event Venues & Hospitality category.

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