The Portland Timbers (MLS) and Portland Thorns FC (NWSL) tapped local vendors when choosing high-end displays incorporated into the renovations at Providence Park, which reopened in June.
Leyard and Planar, with headquarters in nearby Hillsboro, supplied Providence Park with high-quality video displays.
The newly remodeled stadium features six Lighthouse LED video screens, including a signature new LED scoreboard behind the south goal that features more than 150 percent additional display area. Measuring 76 feet wide by 25 fee -tall, the primary scoreboard is composed of 10-millimeter pixel pitch LED video screens, delivering game updates in high resolution. A secondary scoreboard measuring 46 feet wide by 16 feet tall, composed of 10-millimeter pixel pitch LED video screens, is located in the northwest quadrant of the stadium.
In addition to the LED scoreboards, the display technology installation features two LED video walls with a 16-millimeter pixel pitch in the stadium’s east end that are designed as continuous LED ribbons in the stadium’s east end, including a 307-feet-wide ribbon in the grandstand and a 97-feet-wide curved ribbon in the grandstand club. A third LED ribbon with a 16 millimeter pixel pitch, measuring 128 feet wide, is located in Providence Park’s Sunset Porsche Audi Suites in the northwest corner, and an additional LED video wall measuring 18 feet wide by 42 feet tall with a 10 millimeter pixel pitch hangs on the exterior of the stadium’s south elevator.
Also installed on the lower portion of the northeast elevator shaft is an 8-feet-wide by 20-feet-tall video wall composed of Leyard CarbonLight CLO Series LED video screens with a 7.8-millimeter pixel pitch.Leyard CarbonLight CLO Series is designed to enhance outdoor installation capabilities. In addition, the installation features more than 87 Planar LCD displays throughout the stadium concourse, concession areas, premium seating sections, team store and locker rooms.
“We were fortunate to have many local companies be part of the historic transformation of Providence Park,” said Mike Golub, president of business for the Timbers and Thorns FC. “Leyard and Planar played a critical role in making sure that our fans have an immersive game experience from the time they enter the stadium until the time they leave.”
“We’ve had some impressive installations over the years but this one was very special to us,” said Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Adam Schmidt. “To be in the crowd, cheering on our hometown teams and witnessing how the video screens enhanced the game for more than 40,000 die-hard fans was an experience I’ll never forget.”
Photos courtesy Leyard and Planar.