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Penn State Football: Beaver Stadium Video Displays Set To Be Some Of The Biggest In The World

by on June 04, 2014 2:00 PM

Beaver Stadium will host two of the largest video displays in the world once construction and wiring is complete this September and it should be a sight to see.

The Beaver Stadium scoreboards have always been impressive following their installation in 2000 and 2001, but the video display area has always been a little lacking when it came to catching the details of a close call.

Add in a growing market for HD TVs and big screens and the stadium quickly felt behind the times. All of those factors together equal a renovation with a price tag in the range $10 million and what Penn State hopes will be a new reason to make the drive to State College each Saturday.

But how big are they going to be anyway?

For a few reasons Penn State doesn't want exact numbers out and about, but StateCollege.com can tell you that the north endzone scoreboard will have a display area just over 5,700 square feet and the south endzone will have a display area at just over 4,600 feet. That's a significant step up -- almost three times larger than the previous display.

Fear not though, the new boards aren't going to leave much doubt in the eyes of those in attendance. Both are fitted with 4K technology that has only been used once before in this format --a massive screen at Churchill Downs making the Beaver Stadium video boards the second and third of their kind.

“4K content is truly the wave of the future," said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America during the installation at Churchill Downs.

In terms of ranking the size Beaver Stadium's newest technology, the north endzone will rank in at the 6th largest video display in college football with the south endzone coming in at the 15th largest video display. Only Texas A&M, Texas, Miami, Arkansas, and USC have bigger screens than the one fitted atop the north endzone.

However, with both massive video boards up and running, Beaver Stadium will be one of the few venues in the world with two of the largest screens on the planet showing replays. The north display will clock around the Top 30 in the world. It is beaten out by humongous video boards at several racetracks, a few baseball stadiums, and  both NFL stadiums in Texas and the whole of Fremont Street.

So maybe James Franklin can dominate the television selling market too when he finally steps away from coaching.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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