New vision boards set for MCG
Aug 15, 2013
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will house the largest vision boards at an Australian sports stadium when two new, state-of-the-art screens are scheduled for installation in time for the 2013 Boxing Day Test.
The new vision boards will be more than double the size of the existing screens, part of a continuous upgrade designed to maintain the MCG at the forefront of the stadium experience.
Located on Level 4 in the Ponsford and Olympic stands, the new LED screens will provide live high-definition vision during MCG events.
A tender process saw Daktronics Australia, a leading provider of electronic scoreboards and digital display systems around the world, selected as the supplier for the two vision boards.
“We are excited by the imminent arrival of new vision boards,” said Melbourne Cricket Club CEO Stephen Gough.
“Patrons will enjoy a larger screen format, with better technology, that will really enrich the experience of watching sport at the MCG.
“We have spent the past two years visiting some of the world's best and newest stadia as we look to further improve the patron experience at the MCG.
“Daktronics has a wealth of international experience installing digital vision boards at some of the best stadiums across the globe and we’re thrilled to have them come on board,” said Mr Gough.
The installation of the new boards will also ensure fans attending the highly anticipated 2015 Cricket World Cup benefit from an improved stadium experience.
“We’re honoured to be selected as the provider of the MCG’s new digital vision boards and look forward to contributing to an improved fan experience at the MCG,” said Daktronics Australia General Manager Blair Robertson.
• The new vision boards will be approximately 25 metres wide and 13 metres high, more than double the size of the existing screens.
• Daktronics Australia has installed vision boards at Metricon Stadium, Skoda Stadium, Simmonds Stadium, SCG and is working on projects at the Adelaide Oval.
• Daktronics is also working on a number of big projects in the US, including Metlife Stadium - home of the New York Jets and Giants, and the new San Francisco 49ers’ Stadium.
The MCG has two electronic video screen vision boards, on Level 4 at either end of the northern stand.
The western end vision board was re-installed in April, 2004 as part of the MCG redevelopment. It had initially been removed in October, 2002 when the Ponsford Stand was demolished.
A second vision board - a Sony JumboTron - had existed in the Olympic Stand since September 1994, but was removed and sold prior to the demolition of the Olympic Stand in October, 2004. A new state-of-the-art Mitsubishi screen at the eastern end was installed in late-2005.
MCG patrons have been well served by scoreboards since the early days. There was a large informative board erected at the western end of the ground in 1881 and a more sophisticated brick scoreboard replaced it in 1895.
In 1907 another scoreboard, of timber construction and operated by a bicycle chain mechanism, was erected at the Punt Road end of the ground. It was later relocated to the city end and informed spectators for more than 70 years before it was replaced by the country’s first full-colour video replay scoreboard in 1982.