Today’s tight budgets mean many Titans fans are faced with a quandary: Fork over hundreds of dollars for tickets to a game — or simply bask in the glow of an HDTV at home? After all, purchasing two $100 tickets to watch Tom Brady flip his hair in between touchdown passes at LP Field doesn’t jive with a cost-efficient mindset.
But the Titans have sweetened the incentives for stadium-goers this year in the form of two really big high-definition video boards in the end zones. At 54 feet tall and 157 feet wide, they’re the largest outdoor-surface-mounted LED video screens in the world.
We here at The Backpage set out to see how those mammoth screens compare to the in-home viewing experience. Unfortunately, this endeavor required a level of math well beyond our humanities degrees, so we consulted with Lipscomb University mathematics professor Mark Miller.
Using ratios containing the width of different-sized screens and viewing distances, here’s what we found:
The video boards at LP Field, viewed from 50-yard-line seats on eye level, would be about the equivalent of watching a 94-inch-wide TV screen in your living room. (Keep in mind, however, that the massive screens are much wider in proportion to their height than your average screen at homes.)
If you want to partake in tailgating festivities — but can’t afford a stadium seat — the Woodland Street Bridge provides a viable viewing experience. Catching the game from the best bridge spot, about 1,350 feet away, is about the equivalent of watching on a 24-inch TV from 17 feet away. Think sports bar.
In other words, the Titans’ screens are pretty huge. And unless you have special access to a private movie theater, there probably isn’t a better non-stadium viewing option.
Now does that make it worth a few Benjamins to watch the team’s highest-profile player rush for four yards? You make the call.