Scoreboards recognised on global scale
Apr 08, 2014
The two new scoreboards at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) have been recognised on a global scale, shortlisted in the Project of the Year category at the 2014 Stadium Business Awards.
The LED, high-definition scoreboards, at 332 square metres the largest to feature at an Australian sports stadium to date, were unveiled prior to the Boxing Day Test in December and have been praised widely for their quality.
The digital area on the screens is more than three times the size of the previous scoreboards.
Other stadiums shortlisted in the Project of the Year category include Emirates Old Trafford, Liverpool FC’s Anfield and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, all based in the UK.
China’s National Games installation in Dalian and Sweden’s Tele2 Arena also feature.
Work commenced to prepare the stadium for the new boards immediately after the 2013 AFL Grand Final, following more than two years gathering information and visiting some of the world’s best and newest stadia.
“The Stadium Business Awards are regarded as the pre-eminent awards for the stadium industry around the globe,” said Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) CEO Stephen Gough. “We’re thrilled that our project has been recognised as best practice by the industry.
“We see this is as perfect example of investing in the best. More than three million people visit the stadium each year.
We now have the largest screens in Australia. We have a clarity that is unparalleled and I think the quality, after an exhaustive tender to get the best products into the best stadium, is what we’re all about.”
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the new boards have significantly improved the experience of fans attending the major international and national cricket games Cricket Australia staged at the MCG over summer.
“The MCC’s initiative of installing the new screens sets the standard for Australian stadia and will offer fans attending next summer’s ICC World Cup games, including the final which we expect to attract a huge crowd, a world-class experience befitting that tournament,” said Mr Sutherland.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Damian Drum MP, commended the MCC on delivering the new scoreboards.
"The new MCG scoreboards are the best in Australia, providing Victorian and visiting sports fans with the best possible experience when they attend the venue. The developments by the MCC have again enhanced the MCG and Victoria's reputation as being an international sporting capital," said Minister Drum.
The 2014 Stadium Business Award winners will be announced in London on June 4.