Ever wanted to watch Ray Lewis make a tackle on a 1,234-inch TV screen?
Well, you're in luck.
The Ravens have installed two new high-definition RavensVision screens at M&T Bank Stadium, each of which measures 24 feet high and 100 feet wide. Those dimensions would equal, you guessed it, a 1,234-inch screen.
"We tested RavensVision earlier this week, and the picture quality is spectacular," Ravens' vice president of broadcasting Larry Rosen said. "Our boards already receive a lot of attention because of their locations in the lower bowl. We think the quality of these pictures will match the best of any high def TV. The visual is stunning."
If you're heading downtown for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships this weekend, you'll get a sneak peak at the new boards. The international soccer game on July 31 between Manchester City and Inter Milan will also allow fans to see the new screens before the NFL preseason begins later in the summer.
"Our continued investment at M&T Bank Stadium is to enhance our fans' game-day experience and to attract more non-Ravens events," Ravens team president Dick Cass said. "We work to create an environment that is more compelling than a fan's staying at home and watching our games on television. RavensVision will be a significant part of our presentation. We're excited for our fans and others to see these dramatic video boards."
The Ravens and the Maryland Stadium Authority shared the costs of the new boards, which totaled over $7 million.
"The MSA is pleased that our partnership with the Ravens made it possible to develop this state of the art video board system to enhance not only the NFL fan experience, but also for the many others who visit the stadium year round," MSA's executive director Michael Frenz said. "M&T Bank Stadium is a revenue-generating asset of the State, and the MSA is committed to keeping it in the top tier of facilities nationwide."
A couple other cool features to look out for:
The NFL's popular "Red Zone" TV package will be included in the video presentation during games, which will allow fans to watch live and taped feeds of every NFL game.
"This goes to giving our fans the same thing they can get at home," Cass added.
Also, 500 Sony flatscreen, HD TVs are being installed throughout the stadium to enhance the fans' game-day experience.