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Wells Fargo Center Making Plans For New Center-Hung Scoreboard

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.