Flushing, NY — The New York Mets and Sharp Electronics Corporation have announced a new multi-year multimedia and community outreach relationship at Citi Field, the New York Mets’ new baseball stadium, set to open on April 13.
Sharp, which is also the “official HDTV” of Major League Baseball, will provide more than 800 Sharp AQUOS LCD HDTVs throughout Citi Field’s concourses, restaurants, club spaces, and more than 200,000 square feet of event space, as well as one 108-inch (107 17/32 inches diagonal) Sharp LCD in Citi Field’s main lobby. In addition to significant in-game branding at Citi Field, including rotational signage, permanent signage on the center field scoreboard, in-game video features, and presence on Mets.com, Sharp will take an active role in the Mets’ community outreach efforts off the field as title sponsor of the Mets/Sharp Electronics Student-Athlete Leadership Conference Series, a program that trains more than 1,200 student-athletes from 30 Long Island high schools to provide drug and alcohol abuse prevention education to over 15,000 grade school children.
“Sharp’s provision of the finest HDTVs will enhance our fan experience throughout Citi Field,” said Dave Howard, executive vice president, business operations, for the New York Mets. “Beyond the ballpark, collaboratively with Sharp, we will grow the Mets/Sharp Electronics Student-Athlete Leadership Conference Series to affect positively thousands of youngsters in our community.”
“Our relationship with the Mets is one of the longest standing local partnerships in Sharp’s company history in the U.S.,” said Andrew Kritzer, associate vice president of the Strategic Marketing & Communications Division of Sharp Electronics Corp. “We truly value the relationship that we’ve forged with the Mets that allows us to both enhance the fan experience in a way that only Sharp can, and to team up for an important program for the community.”