When the Detroit Tigers welcome the best fans in baseball back to Comerica Park for Opening Day on April 5, 2024, they will notice a transformation of their visual and audio experience.
The Tigers announced today that a brand-new videoboard, measuring 15,688 square feet, will be installed at Comerica Park. Significant enhancements will be made to the audio system at Comerica Park, and televisions throughout the ballpark will be upgraded.
The new videoboard at Comerica Park will be the second largest in Major League Baseball, replacing the pre-existing scoreboard, which was the 18th largest. The ballpark will receive new speakers that will be adjacent to the new videoboard, allowing for an enhanced audio experience throughout the ballpark.
“Investing in a world-class entertainment experience at Comerica Park for Tigers fans is a top priority for our organization and we are excited to make these enhancements heading into next season,” said Ryan Gustafson, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment EVP/COO. “Fans will see and hear a noticeable difference on Opening Day with a new videoboard more than double the size of the existing one, and significant advancements to the audio and television systems throughout the ballpark.”
The videoboard project began on Thursday, Dec. 14 and will continue through the winter. Daktronics, which designed the original scoreboard at Comerica Park, will be the manufacturer of the new videoboard.
The new televisions throughout the Comerica Park concourse will feature advanced signal quality and additional channels, including live feeds of the Tigers’ minor league affiliate teams. The connected IPTV system will also be upgraded to provide a consistent and enhanced visual experience throughout the ballpark.
Along with the additional 9,500 square feet for the new videoboard, overall resolution will also be upgraded. The upper and lower portions of the board will create a high-definition viewing experience featuring 14.1 million pixels that are 33 percent closer together than the old scoreboard, which utilized 2.4 million pixels. The increased resolution and size will provide enhanced graphical displays of lineups, statistical notes, analytics and more.
Members of the Tigers’ business operations visited ballparks across MLB to benchmark and gather best practices for making industry-leading video and audio advancements.
The Tigers will host the Oakland Athletics for 2024 Opening Day – Detroit’s Biggest Party – on Friday, April 5. Detroit will start the season on the road, playing at the Chicago White Sox (March 28, 30-31) and New York Mets (April 1-3).
The Tigers have made several enhancements to Comerica Park in recent years, including adjustments to the outfield wall height, padding and dimensions and upgrades to state-of-the-art LED stadium lighting, in addition to an extensive player clubhouse renovation, ahead of the 2023 season. The Chevrolet Pavilion Bar was renovated into an additional social space for Tigers fans in 2022, along with the Atwater Brewery Bar at the Chevrolet Pavilion and the Vizzy Hard Seltzer View. Dozens of permanent concession stands have been renovated and installed in recent years, and several Detroit-based businesses have brought their unique, local flavors to Comerica Park the past two seasons.