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Fenway Park improvements detailed

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 19, 2010 03:10 PM

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This image provided by ANC Sports shows what the new video display and signage will look like next season at Fenway Park. At the bottom of this post is a video provided by ANC that outlines the specs of the video screens.

The Red Sox announced their plans for the 10th (and final) year of improvements to Fenway Park. Here are the details via the team's press release:

New high-definition video display and scoring systems: Three new high definition video display and scoring systems will be installed this offseason at Fenway Park and will represent a significant upgrade over the existing scoreboards. The Red Sox selected ANC Sports to install three new state-of-the-art Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision light emitting diode (LED) video screens. The largest of the three screens, measuring approximately 38 feet high by 100 feet wide, will be the main video board in center field and replace the existing elements of the structure above the bleachers in center field, which was originally constructed prior to the 1976 season. The new main video screen above the center field bleachers will be able to mimic the look of the old rotational sponsor signs or dissolve into various formats such as full-screen live video, game action accompanied by real-time statistics, sponsor graphics partnered with the box scores or any combination of visuals and game information. Two additional Diamond Vision displays will also be installed on either side of the main screen. The existing Bank of America hitters and pitchers board in left center field will turn into a 17 feet high by 100 feet wide video screen with a new illuminated Bank of America sign atop the board.

A third video screen, 16 feet high by 30 feet wide, will connect the Ford and Dunkin Donuts sponsor signs above the bleachers in right field. These Diamond Vision video systems will prominently feature real-time information such as batter and pitcher stats, pitch speed and type, box scores, promotions, announcements, upcoming schedules and other messaging.

Other Improvements: Additional work being planned for this off-season includes the concrete repair, waterproofing, and seat replacements of the right field lower seating bowl originally constructed in 1933-34. This will mark the completion of the repair and waterproofing of the entire lower seating bowl, a project started with the bleachers in 2007 and continued with the original 1912 bowl in 2008 and the 1933-34 left field seating bowl in 2009.

Existing dugout, field box and loge box seats will be replaced by new seats with cup holders on a new concrete base. Dugout and field box seats will also be padded. Grandstand seats in right field will be refurbished and fitted with self-rising mechanisms that enable the seat to retract automatically once a patron stands up.

Other projects underway include new and expanded concession and merchandise stands in the Gate D area and a repaired and upgraded ground level concourse stretching from Gate D to Gate C that will include utility upgrades, new concrete concourse flooring and life safety improvements.

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