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Installation of Astros new video boards completed
02/02/2011 3:49 PM ET

HOUSTON, TX--The physical construction and installation of the Astros new, state-of-the-art, high definition video boards at Minute Maid Park was completed today with the installation of the final pieces of the large, high definition board located in right field. The board, which measures 54 feet high x 124 feet wide (approximately 6,695 square feet), will be the fourth-largest in Major League Baseball and the third-largest in the National League. The Astros old video board was 26 feet high by 45 feet wide.

Additionally, the Astros have the largest video board in the Major Leagues featuring 1080i display format.

The new high definition board in left field and the ribbon boards spanning from foul pole to foul pole and along the outfield mezzanine level had been completed prior to today. The new video board in left field was constructed to give fans seated in the right field and center field seating areas the opportunity to view a video board, which had not been the case previously. Daktronics, one of the world's largest suppliers of electronic boards, is the company responsible for the Astros new boards.

Official Debut

The Astros new video boards will be fully functional for the public to view for the first time during the March 30 exhibition game vs. the Boston Red Sox (7:05 p.m. start).

The new boards are part of the Astros multi-million dollar renovation project at Minute Maid Park this offseason. In addition to the new boards, construction continues on a new, premium club seating area located on the main concourse behind home plate and on a new press box for the print media located on the Club level.

*Located in right field
*54 feet high x 124 feet wide (measures five stories high)
*Square Pixels: 1,080 feet (h) x 2,472 feet (w)
*1080i High Definition Quality
*Total Square Footage: 6,695 (approximately)
*Fourth-largest video board in MLB (3rd in NL)

*Located in left field
*24 feet high x 40 feet wide
*Square Pixels: 480 feet (h) x 792 feet (w)
*1080i High Definition Quality

*Located above Club level, spanning from foul pole to foul pole and along the outfield mezzanine seating area
*Combined 1,185 feet in length (3 feet, 8 inches high)

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