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Mariners fire up huge new HD scoreboard

The new scoreboard at Safeco Field measures 56.7 feet high by 201.5 feet wide, the equivalent of about 2,182 42-inch flat screen TVs. (Mariners)

The Mariners have officially unveiled their new video scoreboard, the biggest in Major League Baseball. And the massive display over the bleachers in center field is nothing short of dazzling.

Photo gallery: Mariners unveil new HD scoreboard

The actual viewing area of the new high-definition screen is almost 10 times the size of the current screen. It measures 56.7 feet high by 201.5 feet wide, the equivalent of about 2,182 42-inch flat screen TVs.

"Northwest sports fans have never seen anything like this. From the high-resolution imagery to the dynamic presentation, this new video screen provides the flexibility to present real-time game information in a way we've never been able to do until now," said Kevin Martinez, Seattle Mariners Vice President of Marketing.

The new Panasonic HD video screen offers a resolution never before seen in any sports venue. "It's like the difference between normal HD programming and a Blu-ray disc, except displayed on an enormous scale," said Dave Curry, Seattle Mariners Vice President of Technology. "You'll be able to see details like blades of grass and the texture of the infield dirt."

The screen can also be programmed for live action or video replays or split up for graphics, animation, and stats.

At a demonstration for media Thursday, the Mariners offered a look at the different modes including a stunning full screen replay of Felix Hernandez' perfect game from last season.

Fans will get their first look at the new video board at the Mariners' home opener April 8 against the Houston Astros.

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