There’s every chance football fans won’t get to experience its full glory this season but even still, SoFi Stadium’s new addition is a thing of beauty.
The stadium being built in California on America’s west coast has cost $AUD8.7 billion and will host NFL teams the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc in America, it remains to be seen whether crowds will be allowed to attend football games this season. But whenever they are permitted back in the stands, they won’t miss a single snap thanks to the completion of a monstrous videoboard.
The Rams’ social media team put out a video today of the “Oculus” being hoisted into position after receiving its finishing touches.
The enormous digital LED screen wraps around like a rectangle, making sure everyone in the stadium can see it, and will show scores, replays, highlights and entertainment when SoFi officially opens for business.
The shiny new gadget is 6500 square metres in size, 110m long and reportedly weighs a whopping 998 tonnes — that’s 998,000kg.
It’s been decked out with 260 speakers and has enough power for 1500 home theatre systems.
Basically, it’s like a jumbotron that ate another jumbotron that ate another jumbotron.
For the Rams and Chargers at least, size matters.
The Oculus is aiming to be even bigger and better than the first-ever 360-degree videoboard constructed by the Atlanta Falcons, who incorporated it into their stunning new $1.7 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
SoFi Stadium has been four years in the making and according to the people in charge, it’s 97 per cent completed.
Thankfully it’s tracking to receive more positive reviews than what greeted the unveiling of the Texas Rangers’ new home.
Last week the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise showed off its $1.7b Globe Life Stadium, only for fans to ridicule it online for looking more like a sheet metal factory than a ballpark.