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HD TDs coming to Baltimore in 2010

It’s sort of becoming the rule rather than the exception that big-league stadiums now sport huge HD screens, and M&T Bank Stadium — home of the Baltimore Ravens — will join the crowd in 2010.

Exactly who will build the screen hasn’t been worked out quite yet, but the Maryland Stadium Authority has issued a Request for Proposals to replace two outdated video boards.

The plan is for proposals to be submitted by the end of July and for work to commence on the HD screen soon after the end of the upcoming 2009–10 season next winter or early spring, according to The Daily Record, with a completion date of next May.

The Ravens’ HD screen will have some company nearby. Directly next to the football stadium (which is barely more than a decade old) is Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Orioles. That ballpark boasts a new $9.1 million 75- × 28-foot HD LED screen (on top of a smaller HD screen used primarily for graphics).

It’s not yet known exactly how much the Ravens’ screen will cost in the end, but it’s expected to be larger than the Orioles’ HD screens.

Still, it will be somewhat more modest than one of the newer NFL HD screens making its debut this coming season — the $40 million, four-sided 1080i display at the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, which was profiled in the July 22 edition of TV Technology.