Communication of information at sports events is critical, and screens at events are both needed and expected. Each year we have a team of a dozen staff at The Open Golf Championship building the on-course outdoor LED screens for The R&A.
This year we started onsite in May. British weather can be unpredictable, so anyone part of the team will see all four seasons when working outdoors on a golf course.
When we assessed the challenge, we selected LED screens that were purposely meant for outdoor use and capable of being viewed from 50m away. Each screen has its own supporting structure. A total 51 tonnes of steel is used in these structures. There are 394 bolt connections per structure, and 178,432 LED clusters per screen. Oh, and the screens needed to be able to handle winds of up to 90 mph.
We work with The R&A to make sure the locations of the screens are correct. We install the structure, make sure it is level, then install the LED tiles. Finally we connect it to a generator power source and test the screen.
The process of installing LED screens at The Open started in 2014 and has grown every year since. On practise days the screens display the tee times golfers and show which hole they are on. On tournament days the screens tell you who is playing on any given hole, helping to make a visit to The Open more informative and enjoyable.