(BALTIMORE, MD -October 2005) In a major upgrade for the 2005 football season, M&T Bank Stadium, home to NFL’s Baltimore Ravens football, has equipped its sold-out suites and its exclusive club level with 177 high-contrast Panasonic widescreen flat-panel displays, including 116 42” plasmas and 61 32” LCD models.
According to Senior Director of Stadium Operations Roy Sommerhof, “We’re committed to keeping everything fresh and vibrant for our customers, especially our suite owners, who like to see cutting-edge television. Our suites and club level had been outfitted with conventional 20” displays for close to eight years, and we knew it was time for a change. Working with the Maryland Stadium Authority’s Technical Committee, we evaluated displays from various manufacturers. On every level—picture quality, features and pricing—we were pointed to Panasonic.”
The stadium, with a capacity of over 70,000, draws its design from Baltimore’s historic architecture, and offers extraordinary amenities and aesthetics—including a dramatic view of the city’s skyline. An array of upgrades were implemented in time for the 2005 season, including improvements ranging from expanded seating to re-designed in-stadium retail stores to the installation of the stunning Panasonic flat-panel displays.
Sommerhof explained that the 42” plasmas were installed in 100+ private suites, with the balance of the plasmas and all of the 32” LCD displays placed on the Club Level, giving fans more opportunities to catch game action while at the bars or in the lounge areas. “Customers purchase a premium ticket for the Club Level—it’s a conditioned concourse with a full bar (there are 8,196 Club seats). The new displays lend a luxury hotel-lobby feel to the environment, and there’s a dramatic difference in both the quality and availability of video. As an example, at one Club bar, where we formerly had six 20” TVs, we now have a dozen 32” LCD models and two 42” plasmas.”
He added, “All the displays were installed prior to our pre-season kick-off on August 20. Everything has been working great, and we’re receiving rounds of plaudits on the televisions, notably from our suite owners.”
(Note: the Raven’s new $31 million training facility in nearby Owings Mills, MD is equipped with 100 Panasonic plasma displays, including 50”, 42” and 37” models.)
Panasonic Broadcast’s new, eighth generation of professional plasma displays consists of six 8-Series models, four high definition panels – the 65” TH-65PHD8UK, 50” TH-50PHD8UK, 42” TH-42PHD8UK and 37” TH-37PHD8UK – and two standard definition panels – the 42” TH-42PWD8UK and 37” TH-37PWD8UK. The 8-Series models are distinguished by improved brightness, a new cabinet design, lower list prices and new features to make customization easier. This new plasma family features phenomenal image quality, high contrast ratio (4000:1 on SD models and 3000:1 on HD units), 8.58 billion displayable colors, an impressive 60,000-hour service life, elegant design, and models are equipped with interchangeable, multi-function slots for customizing the panels for an array of applications, including multi-screen display.
For more information on Panasonic plasma displays, phone 1-800-528-8601 or visit our web site at http://www.panasonic.com/proplasma