Does bad baseball look better in high-def?

The Kansas City Royals are getting the biggest high-definition LED scoreboard in the world, says supplier Daktronics.

As an apparent consolation to fans who still come out to watch their perennially poor home team, baseball's Kansas City Royals will install the largest high-definition LED (light-emitting diode) screen in the world next year, according to the team.

Kansas City Royals scoreboard
Daktronics

Provided by Daktronics, the screen will measure 100 feet by 85 feet, will feature 1,800 lines of resolution, and will be mounted in the outfield and capped with a golden crown, the team symbol.

The installation will take place prior to the beginning of the 2008 season, instantly putting Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium ahead of former screen size world record holders Miami's Dolphin Stadium and University of Texas at Austin's Texas Memorial Stadium. (The 103-feet-by-31-feet display at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, is nothing to sneeze at either.)

Just to up the ante a little further, Daktronics will also be decorating Kansas City's left-field fence with a giant HD display for out-of-town scores. The HD video makeover seems to be part of a large-scale renovation at the team's stadium. While that's nice and all, as a baseball fan, I'd prefer management shell out a few extra million on a decent pitching staff and a power hitter over fancy HD replays. But maybe that's just me.

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