MCC's investment in the old ground continues January 11, 2008

Eco-friendly state-of-the-art scoreboards for Lord's

Cricinfo staff

New eco-friendly technology will further enhance the spectator experience at Lord's © MCC / Steve Jones
The MCC are busy installing a new scoreboard and replay screen system at Lord's during the close season.

Three new permanent, state-of-the-art colour LED replay screens, which will be ready for the start of the 2008 season, will be situated in the Compton, Edrich and Allen Stands. These Lighthouse screens are each made of 88 modules that have been specially imported from Hong Kong. The screens will not only offer enhanced scoring display opportunities but also enable live and recorded video footage and colour images to be shown during both international and domestic matches.

The new screens are also more environmentally friendly, using less energy to power them - the three combined need one third of the energy of one of the old bulb-based boards to run them.

The old bulb-based scoreboards had become increasingly unreliable © Martin Williamson

"Installing the new scoreboards fulfilled several aims for MCC," John Stephenson, the MCC's head of cricket, explained. "To improve the visibility and visual quality of scoreboard information for spectators - the new screens will have five times more screen resolution than the existing scoreboards. To provide the action replay and associated visual information expected at major cricket venues in 16:9 widescreen. Finally, to reduce significantly on-going energy consumption, materials replacement and maintenance costs associated with old technology."

The scoreboards are part of an ongoing investment in Lord's by the MCC. The next major improvement should be the erection of permanent floodlights.