In January, the Ravens and the Maryland Stadium Authority announced plans for a nearly $145 million upgrade of M&T Bank Stadium.
Phase 1 of the project — the installation of new video boards, more cameras and LED ribbon displays — had begun at the time of the announcement and was scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2017 football season.
This morning the Ravens and the stadium authority unveiled new 4K ultra-high definition video displays, which are double the width of the team's former boards. They will be behind each end zone below the upper level.
Measuring approximately 200-feet wide and 36-feet high, the boards "will match, in terms of resolution and clarity of picture, any video display board in any stadium in the United States," Ravens president Dick Cass said during the January announcement.
The Ravens' former end zone video boards were the biggest of its kind when the stadium opened in 1998.
The team is paying $120 million of the nearly $145 million project, with the stadium authority funding the rest.
LED ribbon displays were also installed around the seating bowl's suite level, additional 4K cameras were added to improve the clarity of stadium replays and the audio/video control room at the stadium was expanded to accommodate the increase in technology.
As part of Phases 2 and 3, the Ravens will have escalators and elevators installed in the southeast corner of the stadium in time for the 2018 season, and the same will be added in the northwest corner in time for the 2019 season. That will make it far easier for fans to get to the upper seating bowl.
The final two phases of the project will include the addition of high-definition video boards — measuring approximately 33-feet wide and 44-feet high — in each of the four corners of the stadium.
M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens have enjoyed one of the league's best home-field advantages, was recently ranked the No. 1 stadium experience in the NFL and the 14th best in all of sports by the writers of Stadium Journey.