Work starts on new MCG vision boards
Oct 22, 2013
Work has commenced at the MCG to install the largest vision boards at an Australian sports stadium when two new, state-of-the-art screens are turned on for the 2013 Boxing Day Test.
Dismantling of the existing vision boards began almost immediately after the AFL Grand Final, with the first of the new screens arriving for installation on October 22.
The new vision boards will be approximately 25 metres wide and 13 metres high, more than double the size of the existing screens.
Located on Level 4 in the Ponsford and Olympic stands, the new LED screens (supplied by Daktronics Australia) will provide live high-definition vision during MCG events.
Patrons will enjoy a larger screen format, with better technology, that will really enrich the experience of watching sport at the MCG.
The installation of the new boards will also ensure fans attending the highly-anticipated 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup benefit from an improved stadium experience.
MCG SCOREBOARDS - A HISTORY
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.