Oriole Park scoreboard demolition begins

The Orioles announced that the demolition of the
Oriole Park
centerfield scoreboard has begun, with the first pieces of the original 1992 scoreboard
being removed by crane. Last month, the right field out-of-town scoreboard,
along with the club level and upper level auxiliary scoreboards, were removed
in preparation for the installation of upgraded LED boards capable of providing
more information, animation, and statistics for fans.

“The upgrade of the
Oriole Park
scoreboards demonstrates the club’s continued commitment to enhancing the
ballpark experience for all our fans,” Orioles Director of Communications
Greg Bader said. “Today’s events would not be unfolding if not for the
hard work and dedication of the Orioles’ esteemed design team, whose vision and
expertise have enabled us to reach this point.”

The Orioles’ design team is comprised of Janet Marie Smith,
Gary McAuliffe and Sam Berkow, experts in their respective fields. Smith
(Struever Bros.) is an original Camden Yards designer and the lead designer for
the Boston Red Sox’ ongoing renovation of historic
Fenway Park.
McAuliffe (PMK Consultants) is an audio/video design expert who specializes in
sports facilities and other major public venues. Berkow (SIA Acoustics) is an
audio expert with experience in acoustical design projects including
amphitheaters and stadiums. The Orioles’ design team continues to work with the
Maryland Stadium Authority in an effort to deliver major technological upgrades
while preserving the ballpark’s historic aesthetic.

Some of the major enhancements that will be completed by
Opening Day include a larger, state-of-the-art video board and LED board in
centerfield, a larger and state-of-the-art LED scoreboard in right field, and
longer LED information boards along the club level and upper level fascia.
Phase two of the ballpark improvements, which include major control room
upgrades, new HD televisions throughout the ballpark, and improvements in the
coverage and quality of the ballpark sound system, will be completed in time
for the 2009 season, if not sooner.

“Upgrading the
Oriole Park
scoreboards, sound system and control room to state-of-the-art quality has been
the Orioles’ goal for many years, and we are pleased to witness today’s
important step in this process,” added Bader.

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