April 09, 2008
Since I'm a sucker for dumb things like scoreboard specs, I will now bore you with the details of the new ticker at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
As part of an ongoing $250 million stadium renovation, the new Royals scoreboard is the biggest thing to hit the City of Fountains since Mario Chalmers hit that three against Memphis. (What'd that take, maybe about 18 hours?)
My man Sam Mellinger has the details on the board's Opening Day Debut in this morning's Kansas City Star:
• Stands 105 feet tall and 85 feet wide
• Cost $8.3 million to build
• Requires a staff of 17 to run
• Video control room stretches over two levels and is the size of a "decent-sized living room"
• Is currently the biggest HD screen in the world, taking the title from the one at the University of Texas
• Can be distracting to players, because as catcher John Buck told Mellinger:
“I’ve got to admit. It was like it was coming down my throat. On a couple of the warm-up pitches, I found myself peeking up there. I’ve never done that, but it feels like it’s right in my lap.”
I'm looking forward to getting back to The K some time this summer and checking it out myself. Until then, these videos (inside the control room and a fan perspective) do a pretty good job of showing off KC's new prize pony.
(Man, just writing about Kansas City makes me hungry for Smokin' Guns BBQ.)