The Baltimore Ravens announced on Thursday that they will invest $35 Million over the next two years to make improvements to video boards, concession stands and all concourses. I guess winning the Super Bowl will bring in enough extra money to allow you to upgrade your facilities.
From the Ravens website:
The first phase of improvements will begin this spring, with extensive upgrades to the stadium’s lower concourse and video boards to be completed before the Ravens’ 2013 preseason home opener. The second phase of work, which will target the upper concourse, is scheduled to begin in 2014.
“We are striving to make the fan experience at Ravens’ home games and other stadium events the best it can be,” Ravens team president Dick Cass stated. “This is something that the NFL emphasizes with all teams and has been a top priority for the Ravens since opening the stadium 15 years ago.”
“There is wear and tear that comes with every season, and these improvements will certainly benefit our fans and our business,” Ravens vice president of stadium operations Roy Sommerhof said. “Our hope is to complete these projects over the next two years.”
The concession stands and concourse will all be updated, and they will make the retail outlets larger to accommodate more fans and carry more merchandise. The biggest improvement though will be the new video boards that will be placed in the concourse.
Two high-definition video boards, measuring 8 feet high and 30 feet wide, will be installed at the concourse entrances of gates A and D. (Approximately 60 percent of fans enter gate A for all stadium events.) These new high-definition boards, which have split-screen capabilities, will display a variety of content, ranging from in-game action, highlights, stats, welcome messaging and entertainment video.
Another dramatic improvement will be the addition of four new LED boards – one to be placed on each side of the two giant RavensVision HD video boards in the stadium’s inner bowl. Additionally, new LED ribbon boards will be installed to connect fully around the entire middle seating bowl.
It sure is a great time to be a Baltimore Ravens fan.