Sound & Communications | Globe Life Field: Unique Stadium Ready for Unique World Series
Even with no fans for its debut season in a stadium designed for a major-league fan engagement, Globe Life Field demonstrates the importance of high-quality AV systems to the professional sports experience.
There’s no doubt that this year’s MLB season was far different than anyone expected when the new home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Field, was under design and construction. With an enhanced focus on redefining the fan experience that included a transition to ST-2110 IP video, surround sound system, large format video displays and IPTV throughout the stadium, each element was designed with the fan in mind.
One of the most significant upgrades between the Rangers’ old and new homes is that the new stadium features an SMPTE ST-2110 IP video backbone with displays running at 1080p 60 resolution with high dynamic range—a more practical choice compared to 4K. “The client was focused on a 1080p system that was ST-2110 capable,” Yoslov said. “Generally speaking, we concur with that philosophy. The benefit of moving up the chain to 4K HDR, I think, minimizes return on investment at this stage in the game in a 2110 world. It really comes down to fan engagement, and, for these rooms, that’s what’s most important.”
While the stadium’s new high-quality AV systems have played a key role in creating a high-energy environment for the broadcasted games this season—complete with simulated crowd noise to accompany the cardboard cutouts that filled the stands—it’s new technology is delivering an unforgettable return to the ballpark as its first fans were welcomed for the National League Championship Series and World Series.
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