We were wondering when we would get a decent video screen at St. James’ Park, since most of the Premier League clubs already have them installed at their grounds.
The magnificent St. James’ Park to get a huge video screen at this end of the ground
The news has been put out on the Newcastle web-site that a 60-meter-squared LED screen – manufactured by sports technology specialists ADI – will be installed and located on the glass panelling in the North-East corner of the stadium in the Leazes End.
That positioning means that about 80% of the crowd will be able to see the screen – about 40,000 fans in a sold out St. James’ Park.
But hey – it will be the joint-biggest screen in the Barclays Premier League and will be unveiled in the home game against Leicester City on Saturday, 18th October.
Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said this about the new facility:
“We have wanted such a facility for a long time now and we are delighted to have joined forces with ADI to install this state-of-the-art giant screen within St. James’ Park.¨
“It will significantly improve the match day experience for supporters and greatly enhance the interactivity and information we can provide to them at the stadium before, during and after the game.¨
“The North-East corner on the stadium was the optimum location where the positioning of such a large screen was structurally possible, while at the same time providing a sight line for the majority of supporters.”
ADI’s commercial manager for sport, Sharon Smith, had this to say:
“We’re incredibly excited to be working with Newcastle United to deliver a platform that not only creates incredible fan engagement opportunity but also drives commercial revenue.¨ “With more than 30 LED displays now installed at sports venues across the UK, we are delighted to be serving St. James’ Park and we look forward to working with the Club to add value to the match day experience.”
We suppose if we are late in installing the video screen, it’s good that it’s the biggest (joint biggest – damn it!) in the Premier League, and in fact it’s another huge facility improvement at Newcastle United.
In the next two years the training facilities at Benton will be improved so that the training ground will be one of the very best in Europe, so credit to the club when it’s due – for improving the facilities big time.
If only we had a team to match the facilities being built at Newcastle – then we could be in business!
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