In a major upgrade, M&T Bank Stadium, home to NFL’s Baltimore Ravens football, equipped its sold-out suites and its exclusive club level with high-contrast Panasonic widescreen flat-panel displays, including 116 42” plasma displays.
According to Senior Director of Stadium Operations Roy Sommerhof, “We’re committed to keeping everything fresh and vibrant for our customers, especially our suite owners, who like to see cutting-edge television. Our suites and club level were outfitted with conventional 20” displays for close to eight years, and we knew it was time for a change. Working with the Maryland Stadium Authority’s Technical Committee, we evaluated displays from various manufacturers. On every level—picture quality, features and pricing—we were pointed to Panasonic.”
The stadium, with a capacity of over 70,000, draws its design from Baltimore’s historic architecture, and offers extraordinary amenities and aesthetics — including a dramatic view of the city’s skyline. An array of upgrades were implemented, including improvements ranging from expanded seating to re-designed in-stadium retail stores to the installation of the stunning Panasonic flat-panel displays.
Sommerhof explained that the 42” plasmas were installed in 100+ private suites, with the balance of the flat panel displays placed on the Club Level, giving fans more opportunities to catch game action while at the bars or in the lounge areas.
“Customers purchase a premium ticket for the Club Level — it’s a conditioned concourse with a full bar (and 8,196 Club seats),” said Sommerhof. “The new Panasonic plasmas lend a luxury hotel-lobby feel to the environment, and there is a dramatic difference in both the quality and availability of video. As an example, at one Club bar, where we formerly had six 20” TVs, we now have several Panasonic displays.”
He added, “Everything has been working great, and we’re receiving rounds of plaudits on the televisions, notably from our suite owners.”
The Raven’s $31 million training facility in nearby Owings Mills, MD is equipped with 100 Panasonic plasma displays, including 50”, 42” and 37” models.