Mitsubishi Electric Installs Main Diamond Vision Screen at Hakodate Racecourse

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has completed a 17- x 7-m Diamond Vision screen as the main display system at Hakodate Racecourse, operated by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The main display features high-luminance light-emitting diodes (LEDs) aligned in a 10-mm dot pitch. The split-screen display can simultaneously showcase two screens of content, such as live footage of a race or the paddock on one screen and race odds and other data on the other.

The display will begin operating on June 19, when Hakodate Racecourse will celebrate the grand opening of a new stand. The display will replace the old facility’s CRT main display, built and installed by Mitsubishi Electric in 1996.

The supplier has also installed a 15- x 8-m, 659-in. Diamond Vision screen featuring LEDs aligned in 8-mm dot pitch at Hakodate Racecourse. The display, called “Paddock Theater,” has shown both live images and racing odds from other racecourses for off-track betting since Feb. 27.

Other Diamond Vision recent installations include a 977-in. screen at Biwako Kyotei (boat racecourse) in March 2008, a 828-in. screen at Utsunomiya Keirin (bicycle racetrack) in March 2009, a 587-in. screen at Maebashi Keirin in April 2009, a 561-in. screen for JRA Sapporo Racecourse in June 2009, and a 1,650-in. and a 649-inch screen at Nakayama Racecourse last August. The most recent is a 4,255-in. screen completed at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in January.