SBD/December 19, 2011/Facilities

Senators To Debut New $5M Scoreboard At Month's End, One Of the Largest In The League

The four HD screens will be 331 square feet, some of the biggest in the league
During the Senators’ Dec. 27 game against the Canadiens, fans “will get their first look at Scotiabank Place's new $5-million video scoreboard -- one of the largest in the NHL and the largest the building can hold without taking off the roof and adding steel supports,” according to Allen Panzeri of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. Installation will “start minutes after" the team's Dec. 22 game against the Panthers ends and the scoreboard “will be fully operational” for the Jan. 29 NHL All-Star Game. The four main video screens “will be on for the Dec. 27 game, with other features phased in over the next month as installation continues.” Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk said that he “wanted it done for the start of the season, but it took longer than initially thought.” The board, “built by Panasonic, will go up as a partnership with the Senators, Bell Canada and Scotiabank.” Panasonic “will handle the installation.” The new scoreboard will “include four high-definition screens and two 360-degree LED rings.” The screen “will have 2,170 square feet of viewing space.” By comparison, “the existing board has 300 square feet of viewing space.” Each of the four primary “HD screens will be 331 square feet in size, compared to the existing boards, which are 75 square feet” (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 12/17).
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