|FROM JALAN BESAR STADIUM
By Khalis Rifhan
Out with the old digital scoreboard, and in with a newly installed, 6m-by-4m, high-definition LED video wall at the East stand of the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Officially launched before the start of the Singapore Pools FA Cup final on Tuesday evening, the new LED video wall is an initiative led by the Singapore Sports Council [SSC] and supported by co-sponsor Singapore Pools and key partner, the Football Association of Singapore [FAS].
The video wall was first used during the Singapore Cup 3rd/4th-placing match last Sunday between Gombak United and Loyola Meralco Sparks.
Although the match was held at 5pm under the glare of the descending sun, the video wall was visibly clear to those present as it entertained spectators with instant replays and highlights of the ‘live’ action on the field.
Chief of Strategic Development & Marketing Group, SSC, Toh Boon Yi feels that the new video wall will hype up the fans during match day: “Re-playing highlights of a live football match helps the fans in the stadium appreciate the finest moments of the game, and adds significant value to their enjoyment.”
“It will be the first time we have introduced this in our stadiums and we hope the fans will like the enhanced spectator experience.
“The Singapore Sports Council is delighted to have brought to fruition this improved audio-visual initiative which will boost the match day atmosphere for all football fans at Jalan Besar Stadium.
“The new video wall, which offers exciting interactive capabilities, also presents a great opportunity for Corporate Singapore to connect their brands with the football fans.”
Speaking to Goal.com Singapore during the Singapore FA Cup final, S.League CEO Lim Chin said that he welcomes the new video wall and fans can look forward to it next year in the league.
“It is a great addition to Jalan Besar stadium," he said.
"The screen will be used for every live game being played here. It will definitely add more excitement to the game. How many times have we sat here and witnessed a goal, but you want to see it again? So the screen allows us to bring football to a next level.”