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Volume 25 No. 212

Facilities

At full expansion, sideline screens measure 62 feet wide by 28 feet high
Photo: COMCAST SPECTACOR/ANC

Comcast Spectacor and ANC Sports Enterprises today announced plans to install a new center-hung scoreboard at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia that can expand and fold to create custom-designed LED video displays. With its concave screens and movable displays, the new board will be the largest in the NBA and second largest in the NHL. ANC Vice Chair & Founder Jerry Cifarelli said, “It’s a kinetic scoreboard, the first of its kind." The 6,600-square-foot, center-hung 4K board has two primary configurations aimed at being flexible for games, concerts and other events. At full expansion, sideline screens measure 62 feet wide by 28 feet high. Two end line screens measure 26 feet by 22 feet. Two additional 5-by-67 video display “crowns” can move above or below the main board. A smaller condensed display shrinks the video displays down to 28 feet by 30 feet. Video boards contract and fold back into a compartments of the scoreboard structure. Flyers President of Business Operations Valerie Camillo said, “The crowns rise up. The boards also fold and contract really in a way that hasn’t been done before. From a fan perspective, it creates unique opportunities for first of its kind in-game presentations, for its lighting and movements.”

CENTER OF ATTENTION: The Prudential Center’s 9,600-square-foot center board is the largest in the NHL. The new Wells Fargo Center board will be larger than new ones at Fiserv Forum (4,000 square feet), Golden 1 Center (6,100 square feet) and State Farm Arena (4,447 square feet). Tait Towers -- which builds out concert and stage sets for the likes of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake -- and Mitsubishi's Diamond Vision Systems are partnering with Comcast Spectacor and ANC on the Philadelphia project. The scoreboard system is slated to debut at Flyers and 76ers games next season. It is part of a $250M modernization of the Philadelphia arena. Costs of the new scoreboard were not disclosed.

The Red Bulls will be implementing multiple enhancements at Red Bull Arena in the ’19 season, part of a multiyear initiative to better serve fans. That will include installing new Daktronics video boards, with the displays in the north and south ends of the stadium now being twice as large as the previous screens, measuring at 24-feet-high by 55-feet-wide. Due to both current and upcoming venue enhancements, certain sections of Red Bull Arena will be closed and thus flexing capacity down during the ’19 season. Red Bull Arena also will move to mobile-ticketing only this season. The club will provide season-ticket holders with a digital member card that can be accessed through the team’s app. The arena will also offer more cashless sales at concession and merchandises stands, with only select stands still accepting cash transactions.

The Cincinnati Ballet is asking the City Council to "halt FC Cincinnati stadium plans until a resolution can be worked out between the ballet and the team over where people going to ballet practice can park," according to Sharon Coolidge of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. FC Cincinnati execs "aren't happy." They said that the "ongoing dispute is a private matter between a team and a business and should have no effect on council's pending approval of zoning for the stadium." But attorney Stephen King, representing the ballet, argued that the team "does not have full control of the site and therefore any approval of a zoning change for the team would be inappropriate." Negotiations between FC Cincinnati and the ballet have been "going on for months." The ballet is "worried the stadium site will gobble up its parking lot." But the club said that it has "no plans" to develop any land the ballet leases, including the parking lot. Coolidge noted maps of the stadium site show the plan "works best with the parking lot land, where there would be an open plaza at stadium level and an underground brewery" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/9).