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Knights to get widest video board in minor league baseball

The widest video board in minor league baseball will be installed at the Charlotte Knights ballpark in uptown, officials said Wednesday.

Electronics giant Toshiba Corp. and consulting firm Total Sports Entertainment are involved in the video board project, team officials said at a press conference that unveiled plans for the digital displays at the minor league team’s new home.

The 30-by-82-foot video board will go in left-center field, where it will keep score and show images. With about 3 million LED lamps, it will be one of the brightest in professional sports, said Chris Applegate, director for Toshiba Managed Business Services.

“As with any modern facility in professional sports ... the bar gets raised every time a new park goes up or every time one is renovated,” Applegate said at the press conference in Romare Bearden Park, adjacent to the ballpark site.

Toshiba will also supply television screens for fans to monitor the game. The ballpark’s other displays will include a 14-by-35-foot video screen that will face outside of the facility to promote events that will be held at the facility and at Romare Bearden Park.

For Japan-based Toshiba, which has provided digital displays for National Football League and the National Basketball Association, the Knights stadium project is its first for professional baseball, officials said at the press conference. Wisconsin-based TSE will help integrate the Toshiba displays at the park.

Cost for the display project is roughly $3 million, said Dan Rajkowski, Knights chief operating officer. He said there were four “major” bidders for the project, including Daktronics, Panasonic and TS Sports.

Last year, the Charlotte City Council approved giving the team $8 million to fund the $54 million stadium project. But Rajkowski said no public funds are being used for the digital displays. “This is all Knights dollars,” he said.

The 10,200-seat ballpark is set to open April 11, allowing the Knights to relocate from Fort Mill. Team officials said Wednesday that work remains on the ballpark. For example, construction on the field and seat installation are set to begin next week.

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