As professional sports teams and stadiums compete with the benefits of watching games at home, the in-stadium fan experience has become a priority at many venues. Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the NFL’s Houston Texans, became the latest to make these types of upgrades, unveiling the largest video displays of any stadium in professional sports.
Measuring 53-feet high by 277-feet wide, the two digital, high-definition Diamond Vision displays by Mitsubishi Electric are longer than an Airbus A380. The installation gives the state of Texas the two largest displays in the NFL as the AT&T Stadium in Dallas features a pair of 72-foot by 160-foot Diamond Vision screens.
“With the new programming capabilities, high resolution graphics, and special effects, it’s going to feel like you’re part of the action like never before,” Edgardo Colón, chairman of the board of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, said. “We believe the excitement and interest generated by the boards are an essential element to our Super Bowl LI bid.”
According to Mitsubishi Electric, the Diamond Vision displays feature its X8 display technology, which provides industry leading HD processing and exceptional viewing angles to help ensure that every fan has a great view of the action on the screen.
The screens replaced the outdated video displays and scoreboard configuration above the north and south end zones of Reliant Stadium.
"Our game experience is consistently rated as one of the finest in the world and these spectacular video boards will help us elevate to an even higher level of performance for our fans," Jamey Rootes, president, Houston Texans, said.
The new Diamond Vision displays are driven by a state-of-the-art video processor and control system that can present one large image across the full width of the screen or simultaneously display
numerous windows of video replays, scoring and player statistics, animations and sponsor advertisements. The system is anchored by Click Effects’ Blaze software.
"The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was utilizing video projection in the Astrodome for rodeo and concert production before the first Diamond Vision screen was installed there in the early 1980s. We embraced the first Diamond Vision display and we are thrilled that we can continue the evolution with this fantastic Mitsubishi installation in Reliant Stadium," Leroy Shafer, the show's chief operating officer, said.