Jumbotron

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The Jumbotron, maunfactured by Sony Coporation, is recognized as one of the largest vacuum fluorescent display ever manufactured. It is not an LED (light emitting diode) display. (Handbook of Display Technology, Jospeh A. Castellano, 1992) It is typically used in sports stadiums and concert venues to show close up shots of the action or band.

The term "JumboTron," while a trademark owned by Sony, is typically used to refer to any type of such device regardless of its manufacturerer or brand name. Similiar devices include:

Sony displayed one of the earliest versions at the 1985 World's Fair held in Tsukuba, Japan. The size of a Jumbotron screen varies depending on the venue. The one introduced in 1985 was 40 metres wide by 25 metres tall. The largest Jumbotron in use was located at the Rogers Centre (former SkyDome) in Toronto, Canada and measured 33 feet tall by 110 feet wide at a cost of USD$17 million. The Rogers Centre Jumbotron was replaced in 2005 as a part of a stadium revitalization project.

Sony creative director Yasuo Kuroki is credited with its development.

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