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SANTA ANITA TO OFFER NEW, STATE OF THE ART VIDEO, INFIELD, PADDOCK BOARDS TO BE UNVEILED DEC. 26
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it will be installing state-of-the-art video boards in its infield and paddock areas which will be operational opening day, Dec. 26. These boards will carry live satellite broadcast feeds of all post parades and racing at Santa Anita and will also keep fans up to date on current odds and major stakes races which are broadcast from throughout North America.
“One of our top priorities is to continually work to improve the on-track experience for our fans,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “The Big Board in the infield is going to be fantastic. It will measure 53’ x 29’ and it’s manufactured by Daktronics. The resolution it projects is the best in the world today and it will enhance everyone’s day at the races.
“One thing people are going to notice right away is that we’re going to be able to give people a much better look at our live races due to the fact the new board won’t be quite as tall, so it won’t obstruct the pan camera’s view of the horses going down the backstretch. We’re also looking forward to sharing HRTV features and live interviews with our on-track fans on a daily basis.
“Our two boards in the paddock will also be replaced and will enable our fans out there to stay on top of everything that’s going on. The investment we’re making is going to be well worth it and it will make a trip to Santa Anita even more unforgettable.
“With the Breeders’ Cup scheduled to return here in 2012, we feel these video upgrades are going to greatly enhance the biggest two-day event in racing. With the technological advances these boards provide, we will offer the best overall in-venue presentation in Breeders’ Cup history,” added Quinn.
Santa Anita was the first race track in the country to install a large video display board in the infield. That installation, which garnered rave reviews and was subsequently duplicated throughout the world, took place in the summer of 1999, less than a year after Frank Stronach’s Magna International purchased the historic facility.
For information regarding Santa Anita’s upcoming winter/spring meeting, go to www.santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.