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Seattle Mariners Installing New Center Field Video Display

Well there goes the gift I was going to get them. Socks it is, I guess.

That's one giant display!

Last week the team began work on what will be the biggest video display in Major League Baseball and one of the largest in professional sports. It's the centerpiece of the biggest upgrade to the ballpark since it opened in 1999 and a technical marvel that could become a tourist attraction on its own.

At 201.5 feet by 56.7 feet, the display is nearly a block long and wider than the record-holding jumbo display at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. It's ten times the size of the ballpark's current video screen and has a viewing area of roughly 2,182 42-inch TVs.

Though wider than Jerry Jones' giant plaything, it's not as tall and is slightly smaller in total viewing area, by 95 square feet. No word yet on what the team will choose to display on its giant new screen. Initial inquiries into whether they would show Mariners baseball were dismissed as "not conducive to generating good rating numbers." One source close to the organization spoke on the condition of anonymity that the current front runner would be "a mix of Frasier re-runs, games from the 1995 season and, like, 90 minutes worth of stock footage of baristas pouring foam in various shapes."

Finally, the Mariners have fulfilled a nearly 20-year-old prophecy.