Minor league baseball games provide a wonderful opportunity for fans of the game to enjoy the sights and sounds of baseball in a fun, family-friendly environment. From the crack of the bat to the sheer grace of middle infielders easily turning a double play, it's hard to beat a night at the minor league ballpark on a beautiful spring or summer evening. However, for fans of the Nashville Sounds, AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the ability to watch video replays and highlights on a state-of-the-art digital scoreboard is missing from an otherwise perfect experience, as Greer Stadium, the team's 36-year-old ballpark, isn't equipped with such video technology capabilities.
While talks proceed on moving the team to a new ballpark with current day amenities, including a video scoreboard in the outfield, the Nashville Sounds were able to enhance the fan experience during a recent night game by utilizing lightweight and flexible LED video curtain panels manufactured by PixelFLEX. With more than 3,000 fans in attendance for Music Industry Night, a popular promotional event scheduled several times a season that features a pre-game musical performance, the Sounds kept fans in the action throughout the game by delivering video and player information across the PixelFLEX panels in right-centerfield.
"Our fans are among the best across the country, so we are hopeful in regards to the possibility of a new ballpark with better amenities, including a video scoreboard," said Brad Tammen, the team's vice president and general manager. "In the meantime, we're glad we had an opportunity to test out the PixelFLEX system. I was really impressed with the clarity, sharpness and brightness of the panels."
Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX's screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8'x4', but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer - panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX's proprietary quicklock system. During the Sounds' game, PixelFLEX provided a 24' wide by 16' tall wall of 20mm panels.
"The thing that surprised me most was the ease of set up," Tammen continued. "All of a sudden, the PixelFLEX video screen appeared out of nowhere, hanging above the right-centerfield wall. We're planning to use the screen again for our game on July 3rd, which will feature fireworks and probably a much larger audience. We're looking forward to it."