Video boards coming in with Raymond James renovations
The Bucs offered a sneak peek at the $100 million renovations ongoing at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, with the first pieces of huge new video boards being hoisted into place with their debut now just 71 days away.
"The game-day experience is going to be unbelievable," said Bucs COO Brian Ford, wearing a white hard hat with the Bucs logo on it as construction continued around him Thursday. "You think about what fans have experienced. Raymond James Stadium, I feel, is the crown jewel of the NFL, but you go from having 2,400-foot scoreboards to 9,600. ... From one speaker for the whole stadium to having SurroundSound. We're going to be firing the cannons a lot this year and they're going to hear them."
The specs on the new video boards -- the main boards in each end zone are 60 by 160 feet, and the stadium's four corner towers, which previously had ad banners, will each have boards measuring 61 by 43 feet. Each side of the stadium will have a "ribbon display" that is 6 feet tall and runs 680 feet down the length of the stadium. In all, the total display area of 28,416 square feet will add up to be the third-largest in the NFL.
The boards are made up of individual LED boards measuring about 14 inches wide, with panels hoisted into place -- each end-zone board will have about 5.7-million LEDs on a board that is wide than the Sunshine Skyway bridge.