United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, is to be fitted with a state-of-the-art new scoreboard that is set to be the largest for a facility that hosts both NBA and NHL games.
The new scoreboard, along with a fully immersive arena audio system, will debut at the arena for the start of the 2019-20 campaign. The initiative is the latest arena enhancement designed to enhance the in-game experience for fans of the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Blackhawks.
The scoreboard will feature 8,600 square feet of 4mm pixel pitch displays, nearly four times more LED screen display than the existing scoreboard, kinetic movement with six independent panels, a first-of-its-kind, continuous inner-ring display, immersive audio and production lighting.
The Bulls said every fan seated in the arena will experience better visibility with the new scoreboard, which will provide video and stats during games. The increased panel size and image clarity will enhance the view from all other perspectives, including the 100-, 200-, 300- and penthouse levels.
Sergio Lozano, senior director of scoreboard operations at United Center, said: “This new scoreboard allows us the opportunity to take the in-game experience to the next level. Fans will be blown away by the remarkable scale and unique capabilities leading to a truly captivating in-game experience.”
The scoreboard will be complemented by a fully customised, production-level sound system that the Bulls say will deliver a more balanced, seamless and powerful audio experience to guests.
United Center opened in 1994 and hosts more than 200 events each year.
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