ANZ stadium to use world’s largest Panasonic HD LED screens

ANZ Stadium located in Sydney’s Olympic park will unveil its brand new Panasonic High Definition LED video screens tomorrow in preparation for Saturday’s South Sydney vs St George Illawarra 2009 Charity Shield NRL match.

The two Panasonic ASTROVISION screens are the largest screens of their kind in Australia and the largest Panasonic screens in the world.

The new additions to ANZ Stadium are reported to be larger than those installed at the Birds Nest Stadium in China for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, standing at 10 metres high by 23 metres wide.

The new state-of-the-art display also boasts a 21:9 widescreen aspect ration and a 145-degree horizontal viewing angle which will undoubtedly improve the outdoor viewing for sport fans.

Ken Edwards, managing director and CEO, ANZ Stadium said “the unveiling of Australia’s largest ASTROVISION installation is very exciting, as we celebrate the 10th birthday of our stadium. We were originally built with leading edge technology from Panasonic and now fans will continue to experience entertainment which is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world.”

The new HD LED screens were launched globally in late 2008 and will replace the two Panasonic ASTROVISION screens that were originally installed back in 2000 for the Sydney Olympic Games.

Edwards commented that the reason Panasonic LED screens were chosen was because of the numerous ways they can now display information.

“Fans get an uninterrupted broadcast, as instant replays, player stats, scoreboards, venue information and sponsored messages can now be displayed all at the same time,” he said.

Mark Deere Jones, director, business systems group, Panasonic Australia said “it is the ability to customise these LED screens into whatever configuration the customer requires for any outdoor application that makes Panasonic such a market leader in this space”.

Both screens can accept 1080i HD signals and therefore will offer consumers with high brightness and contrast levels far outshining its predecessor’s outdoor viewing quality.

In addition to this Panasonic are also currently installing LED ASTROVISION banner signage, to display moving images and sponsor logos to replace the existing static signs.

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