Soccer fans get closer to the action

Soccer fans get closer to the action

The Jalan Besar Stadium used to have only one LED screen, but it was mainly used as the scoreboard.

However, fans who watched football matches at the stadium recently found two additional large projection displays showing live match action.

Installed on the North Gate and South Gate at the Lions XII's home ground since mid-May, each Epson EB-Z10000 high-powered projector is able to project onto a 3.12m-tall and 4.8m-wide screen.

These projectors surprised football fan Tan Yu Jin, 26, who attended the Lions XII's final home match of the Malaysian Super League season last month.

"The bright display adds to the uplifting mood of the stadium and excitement of the game," Mr Tan said of the new projectors.

Captain of the Lions XII and the Singapore national football team Shahril Ishak gave the display projectors the thumbs up too.

"The brilliant display provided by these projectors enhances the match-day experience and adds to the welcoming atmosphere that the fans project, which is important in boosting the team's morale," said the 29-year-old midfielder.

The projectors are part of Epson's three-year sponsorship worth $1 million with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

Each projector is capable of 10,000 ANSI lumens - 5 times more powerful than your average office projector - of both colour and white brightness to overcome poor colour hue and picture saturation, commonly associated with outdoor projection displays.

However, the main challenge was to integrate the existing LED display system - which uses a low resolution 384 x 256 pixels display signal - with the Epson projectors without making major changes to the stadium's infrastructure.

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