“We ended up with Ross for a number of reasons. Pricing was great, but most of it was on functionality. It really fit what we do on a day-to-day basis.”
The Pirates are Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s beloved MLB Team, playing in the Central Division of the National League. Their current stadium, PNC Park, first opened its doors at the beginning of the 2001 season. Situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, right on the Allegheny River, PNC Park’s aesthetic is a salute to the iconic ballparks of old that has frequently been described as nothing short of beautiful. To enhance the ballpark experience, Pittsburgh upgraded their control room to a fully HD facility prior to the beginning of the 2015 season.
“With XPression running the show, our workflow has completely changed. With this powerful tool, we’ve been able to create something I am truly proud of.”
Matt Zidik, Game Presentation Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates’ control room had been a SD facility since it
was first built in 2001. The cost of maintaining the original systems was increasing year after year as parts aged and replacement parts were becoming harder to find, often ending in the discovery that the production of these parts had ceased. As the 2015 season approached there was no doubt it was time to upgrade to a completely HD facility.
As part of this HD facility, the Pirates wanted to revamp their scoreboard production. Matt Zidik, Manager of Game Presentation was drawn to the Ross XPression graphics system for this endeavour:
“I had always heard the king in character generators was Chyron, but having never used it I
took a more objective approach in my decision-making. I received multiple demos of both
Chyron and XPression, but I just liked the XPression better. From an interface standpoint it
just made more sense. After touring the Seattle Mariners facility last summer and seeing it in
action, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this equipment and use it to it’s fullest
The Pittsburgh Pirates ultimately purchased five separate Ross XPression systems to run their scoreboard for the 2015 season and beyond. They utilize three XPressions to create their main scoreboard presentation, with each system sharing a burden of the show. The first
handles the overall layout, the second takes care of animated lower thirds and other overlays,
while the third manages transitional wipes and additional overlay graphics. The other two
XPressions are used for their LBar graphics seen on their concourse televisions, one as a
primary and the other as a back up.
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