Miller Sports Properties today announced plans for a new center court high definition video board that is ten times larger than the old scoreboard, which was standard definition and in desperate need of replacement.
"Today is truly a great day for sports fans for the state of Utah," said Jazz team president Randy Rigby. "This will make it a state of the art arena, where you will be able to consume NBA basketball and Jazz basketball like never before."
The Miller family is committing $15 million in renovations, which include upper deck scoreboards with video and statistics, audio system improvements, and other digital enhancements for EnergySolutions Arena, the 19,911-seat home of the Utah Jazz.
The renovations will be completed before the start of the upcoming season in October.
“We are pleased to bring a new visual experience to our live sports and entertainment events with the high-definition imagery of the new video board system,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties. “The fan experience at EnergySolutions Arena will change significantly, showcasing the world’s best basketball players in a dynamic and entertaining game-time presentation as well as providing enhanced visuals and sound for concerts, family shows, dirt shows and more.”
Utah-based YESCO, an industry leader with LED displays from London to Las Vegas, has been selected to manufacture and install the custom-designed and integrated system, whose primary component weighs about 55,000 pounds. Anthony James Partners served as consultants in the design and procurement of the system. Installation of the new video and sound system is scheduled for completion by October for the 2013-14 Jazz basketball season.
"Based on the market research that we did with our fans, this was the number one most asked for thing," Miller said. "This will give the fans a better viewing experience, a better sound package, so we're going to deliver. We're going to more than deliver."
A new rectangular-shaped, center-hung scoreboard with twin 1080p HD screens is 42-feet-long and 24-feet-high and runs along the length of the court. The 720p HD end screens facing each baseline measure 26-feet-long and 17-feet-high for 2,900 total square feet. By comparison, the current standard-definition 10 x 10 foot boards, installed in 2001, total 400 square feet.
“Our organization is committed to building a championship-caliber team and providing fans with a great arena experience,” said Rigby. “The new video displays will change the way people watch basketball with the availability of replays, statistics and entertainment along with the live, in-arena atmosphere generated by the best fans in the NBA.”
Another prominent feature of the video display system will be the installation of four auxiliary video boards in the corners of the EnergySolutions Arena upper bowl, measuring 37-feet-long and 12.5-feet-high with the capability of showing video highlights and in-depth information such as basketball game statistics.
Two LED light rings – one new and another upgrading the existing electronics -- will encircle the arena fascia between the upper and lower bowls. An LED space ring will encircle the top of the center-hung video unit. Courtside patrons will benefit from the inclusion of two screens located on the inside of the primary side screens allowing them to look up, underneath the video board, for an easy sightline to what is being displayed. Digital signage also will be featured on the inside portals of the arena and on the floor behind the basket in padded, portable units. Operational elements of the system are integrated for both unique and all-in-one programming.
An upgraded audio system will complement the new video system providing a range of high- quality sound for concerts and shows, improving the clarity of announcements throughout the arena, and further enhancing the patron experience for all entertainment events at EnergySolutions Arena.
“Our arena has been part of the Salt Lake City downtown footprint since 1991,” said Jim Olson, chief operating officer for Miller Sports Properties. “With these visual and audio improvements, we believe EnergySolutions Arena will continue to attract marquee concerts, shows and sporting events that contribute to the economic vitality and enhance of the quality of life in this region.”
Asked if fans will now be more inclined the video board rather than the action on the court, Rigby said, "We really looked into that very thing. We wanted to make sure it had the right kind of dimensions so that it didn't overpower the experience, because we still want the experience to be on the floor."