Until the Charlotte Speedway and Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium built their mega screens, the largest screen in the world was found at the (then) Skydom (now referred to as Rogers
Stadium). It was quite a monster measuring 33 feet high and 110 feet wide. It still remains one of the largest in North America. In fact it was redone in 2005 when Rogers Wireless bought both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Skydom arena/stadium.
Here’s a little bit of information about Rogers Stadium, where the famous Viewboard is located. The stadium was originally built in 1985 (finished in 1989) and was known for it’s retractable roof (the first of it’s kind at the time.) In 20 minutes time the roof can be opened or closed, depending on what the weather is permitting at any given time. The stadium was made to seat 46,000 fans, and that includes 70 hotel rooms that overlook the field. When originally built, the JumboTron was the largest in the world and was comprised of hundreds of small CRT units that created a monster display. The downside to this old style of displays is that they don’t hold up very well, are expensive to run and the image quality leaves something to be desired. However, in 2005 when Rogers Communications bought the stadium, the new owners revamped many of the stadiums decaying features, including the JumboTron.
The new owners of the now called Rogers Centre created what some call a unique Videoboard, one of the largest in the world. It measures 110 feet wide and 33 feet high. Rogers Centre is used for wide array of events that include baseball (the Toronto Blue Jays), football and concert events. The videoboard services all of these events and adds something special to each of them.
Megascreens are becoming commonplace at large stadiums and as the technology improves, we’re going to start seeing larger screens, such as the Videoboard, and we’re also going to see them more frequently. It’s quite amazing how quickly the technology is growing, and don’t expect for it to stop any time soon. Here’s the thing- multi-screen video walls have become cheaper and here’s how: because of the micro bezels that are common place with big screens these days, it makes sense for these huge video walls to pop up more and more. Small bezel and multiple screens means that it’s significantly cheaper to put together extremely high resolution monitors and create a mega screen video wall. In fact, we’re not just seeing these types of screens at stadiums any more. We’re seeing them pop up all over the place- at businesses, tradeshows, heck billboards and even the sides of buildings have become home to these jumbo screen video walls. But the Rogers Centre was doing it before anyone else and quite frankly they did it better for many years. While they may not be the biggest anymore, their Videoboard is easily one of the top screens in North America and certainly still worth noting.