Jazz Unveil Plans For New Videoboards, Audio System At EnergySolutions Arena
The Jazz yesterday "unveiled plans for an upgraded audio and video system at EnergySolutions Arena, including upgraded high-definition screens above center court, LED rings around the top of the lower bowl and auxiliary screens in the corners of the arena," according to Bill Oram of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The screens over center court are "10 times larger on the sides than the current scoreboard," which was installed in '01. The audio and video upgrades are the "most visible component" of $15M in renovations at the venue. The Jazz, who partnered with Utah-based Yesco on the project, said that the changes "will significantly enhance the fan experience" at the arena. The upgrades "represent some of the most significant since the arena opened in 1991 as the Delta Center." The screens above center court will "measure 42 feet long and 24 feet high on the sides, and 26-by-17 on the ends facing each baseline," while screens "on the soon-to-be former scoreboard were 10-by-10." All of the video components are "expected to be installed before the start of the NBA exhibition season in mid-October." Miller Sports Properties President Steve Miller, whose company owns/operates the arena, said that "any other upgrades to the NBA’s seventh-oldest arena are five to 15 years down the road" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18). In Utah, Jody Genessy notes the new scoreboard above center court will be "built in a way that will allow for future additions." Its screens will "refresh 200 times faster than most household TVs." Miller said that the video and audio improvements were a "game-changer when it comes to overall game experiences' for fans and spectators of other events" (DESERET NEWS, 6/18).