While preparations are being made at Cowboys Stadium for the Super Bowl, the Ballpark in Arlington is quietly undergoing its most significant renovations since opening in 1994. The new ownership is spending 13 million dollars to bring high definition to the ballpark, and the biggest part of the project is the new video board going up on the right field roof.
The size of the video board will be approximately 42 feet high, and 125 feet long, and it will be located on top of the right field roof. It's big, but it won't be the biggest video board in Major League Baseball (Rangers officials say it's in the top three), and it's not even the biggest on the block -- that honor will stay with the one at Cowboys Stadium. The Rangers' screen will be about two-thirds the size of the Cowboys', which is plenty big.
Comparisons between the two video boards are inevitable, but not fair. The Rangers' goal wasn't to make the biggest video board. It will be big enough, and its picture quality will be better than anything else in MLB (according to Rangers officials). The team plans to have it ready for a live test on March 15th, well before their home opener.
In addition to the giant video board, the Rangers are turning their center field screen (the one located between the two giant Coke bottles) into a high definition screen. Its size isn't changing at all, just the video quality. And the franchise will install 800 new high-def TVs all over the Ballpark, from the concourse areas to the suites.
Thanks to these renovations, the fan experience at the Ballpark should be vastly improved in 2011.