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Dodger Stadium makeover includes the return of hexagonal scoreboards!

Jan 9, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

Dodger Stadium scoreboard

Shut up. I think those things are cool. And now they’re coming back to both sides of the outfield (the one in left has been rectangular for several years) in bigger, more spectacular form. From Mark Saxon’s rundown of the renovations being done in Chavez Ravine:

High-definition video boards in left and right field that will return to the original hexagon shape. The first 10-millimeter, 1080p LED scoreboards in baseball will be 22 percent larger than the current screens.

Dodger Stadium should scream early 1960s, and those scoreboards scream it the loudest.

In addition to that there are multiple upgrades to bathrooms, the sound system, the clubhouse, batting cages and the like, as well as bullpen overlooks to allow Dodgers fans to hurl insults at Sergio Romo and other visiting relievers. Which should be fun and will never get out of hand at all.

  1. dawgpoundmember - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    A 10 millimeter scoreboard?

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Indeed. Seems a bit small.

      Also, couldn’t they just say 1 centimeter?

    • El Bravo - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      It’s not the size that counts, it’s how you use it.

    • stex52 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I assumed at first that 10 mm was a screen resolution. But no, I see they are 1080P. Either they mean ” 10 metre”, or they had better mount individual telescopes on the seats so fans can read the scoreboards.

    • badvlad - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      What is this? A scoreboard for ants?

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I regret that I have but one thumb up to give for this comment.

    • seeinred87 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      I believe that the 10mm refers to the size of the LEDs

      • stex52 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        That’s not covered in the 1080P?

      • hk62 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        You are correct. And those are always given in mm or (microns for certain types of devices) – reason its not 1 cm.

        Think of it as “that is the light bulb size” (reference to the old Astrodome score board – where they really where light bulbs)

        stex – do you think that the LED’s are the same size on a 90″ 1080P screen and a 32″ 1080P screen? (not being snarky)

      • seeinred87 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        After a little research, it looks like it’s actually the spacing between the LEDs. I guess the closer together they are, the closer you can be and still view the image

      • stex52 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Seriously hadn’t given it much thought. Logically, no.

      • manchestermiracle - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        stex:
        1080i video is “interlaced.” 1080i video plays back at 60 frames per second, but that’s a bit deceptive, because it’s actually broadcast at 30 frames per second. The TV then displays those frames twice, in a way—the first pass is 1,920-by-540 for the even scan line field, and the second pass is 1,920-by-540 for the odd scan line field. The process by which this occurs is called interlacing. It contributes to a sense of motion and reduces perceived flicker.

        1080p video is called “progressive scan.” In this format, 1,920-by-1,080-pixel high-definition movies are progressively drawn line after line, so they’re not interlaced. On paper, that may not seem like a huge deal. But in the real world, what you end up seeing looks sharper and more defined than 1080i, particularly during scenes with a lot of fast motion.
        From PCMag.

        A couple of other points: Everything broadcast is in 1080i. And in a few more years Ultra High Definition (aka 4K) will be the new standard.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Thanks for checking up on it, seeinred. I didn’t think they’d brag about using big lights. Bragging about smaller spacing than other giant boards, though, that makes sense.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Do they have a “Games Behind” section on the new scoreboard? Or maybe a ” Salary Acquired Today ” section?

  3. alexo0 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    As long as Romo doesn’t wear his jersey in the parking lot he should be ok.

  4. areyesrn - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    the bathroom upgrade are most important

    • Sporting Nerds - May 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Thank you. Yes. Especially up in the blue seats.

  5. aiede - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Hexagons, pssh. Admiral Adama is waiting for octagonal scoreboards.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    bathroom upgrades = Frank McCourt’s picture on all the urinal cakes

    • cur68 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      This is the one I want to be true.

  7. 6stn - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Just like a lot of other ballparks/arenas today in the era of million-dollar benchwarmers, it’s too bad they can’t get rid of all those advertising signs. Dodger Stadium used to be the most beautiful ballpark in the Major Leagues.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      And bring back tributes to great Dodgers on the outfield wall!!!

  8. Stiller43 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I think there would be an over-deman for all the seats directly next to the 10 milimeter scoreboard. Wonder how that will work.

  9. simon94022 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    The early 60s look is awesome. Makes me want to send Fidel Castro an exploding cigar.

  10. tvguy22 - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    ~ Dad, if there are 8th and 9th innings, how come we always leave in the 7th?

    ~ finish your Dodger Dog and let’s get out of here to beat the traffic

  11. mrhojorisin - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The main upgrade they can do to Dodger Stadium is get rid of those urinal troughs in the men’s rooms. It’s usually shorts weather in L.A. and more than once I had a drunk guy with poor aim pee on my bare leg while using one. Using them was a dehumanizing experience.

  12. championsleaguer - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Nice, Craig. Pretty funny and as a Dodger fan, thanks for the heads up.

  13. Sporting Nerds - May 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I know this was a year ago, but the boards look awesome. The stadium overall looks absolutely lovely. The color of the seats, lower-level renovations and new video screens in previous years plus the significant renovations they did THIS offseason 2013-2014 really polish up the place while retaining the classic look. You know, like a Mad Men episode.

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