In American lexicon, “Super Bowl” means more than annual NFL championship game – it means the biggest, the best, the most hyped, the most dramatic and the most extravagant of something.
From an audio/video perspective, it’s appropriate that Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers is being played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With its 72-by-160-foot over-hanging HD screen, it’s the Super Bowl of sports venue electronics installation.
It’s not just the gigantic screen – although that gets most of the hype. Commercial Integrator has chronicled several aspects of Cowboys Stadium’s integration.
ANC Sports designed and installed 4,000 linear feet of Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision LEDerAd ribbon boards and four 32 feet wide by 6 feet high vomitorium video screens.
PanTech Design was charged with developing, installing and programming the Crestron system and control panel that operates five unmanned broadcast Canon BU-45H HD cameras strategically placed throughout the stadium.
We wrote about how Elliston Systems & Design decked out an already-decked-out private suite with nine TVs and Crestron automation that allows them to zoom onto the field for custom-close-ups and control a waterfall and fireplace.
PanTech, meanwhile, says it owes lots of credit to Burst Communications, the integrator that did the majority of the audio/video installations in the stadium.
While Cowboys Stadium’s electronics are the most hyped, all of the other 31 NFL teams’ stadiums feature large video displays. Not all stack up to the 72-by-160-foot HD screen, but it’s fun to compare – and rank them.