Accor Stadium’s super video screen officially unveiled
Measuring more than 120 metres in length, Accor Stadium’s new video screen was today officially unveiled ahead of Saturday’s AFL Sydney Derby.
Known as the Great Southern Screen, the new LED display is the longest high-definition straight-run stadium video display in the world and was officially switched on by NSW Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres.
The new screen is part of more than $10 million of fan-focused digital upgrades throughout the Accor Stadium and the first improvements since the major redevelopment of the venue were scrapped.
At 120m long and 10m high, it stretches around the entire southern end of the Stadium. Some seating has been removed to fit the new video screen in, with its capacity now around 83,000.
“We are continuing to invest in Sydney’s major event venue to ensure the people of NSW are given the best live stadium experience in Australia and we attract the biggest names in sport, music and arts from all across the globe to New South Wales,” Mr Ayres said.
“Fans at Accor Stadium are set to enjoy a live game-day experience like never before starting this weekend with the AFL’s Sydney Derby, followed by the NRL’s Bulldogs and Broncos clash, with the Great Southern Screen now in operation.”
The unveiling of the Great Southern Screen comes in the countdown to the AFL Round 1 Sydney Derby, Giants v Swans, on Saturday 19 March and the Canterbury Bulldogs’ opening home game of the NRL season against Brisbane Broncos on Sunday 20 March.
Soon after, Australia’s Socceroos will play a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Japan in front of an anticipated big crowd on Thursday 24 March.
Accor Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said, “The run of events in March is just the beginning of a packed calendar of events at Accor Stadium this year with State of Origin I in June and two huge concerts featuring global acts Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters already announced for later in the year.”
Sydney’s Olympic stadium officially became Accor Stadium last November after Accor, the largest hotel operator in the Pacific, won the naming rights for the iconic venue in Sydney Olympic Park.
The Great Southern Screen was delivered, installed and commissioned by Daktronics Australia and its integration at Accor Stadium was planned by global architectural design firm Populous.