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Daktronics to fit UBS Arena with 45 LED displays

UBS Arena, the under-construction new home of the NHL’s New York Islanders, has selected audiovisual systems manufacturer Daktronics to manufacture and install 45 LED displays at the venue, which is due to open for the 2021-22 season.

The HDR-capable displays will total more than 15,000 square feet and more than 34 million pixels. The centrehung and the focal point of the installation will feature 12 LED displays totalling 4,730 square feet.

All centrehung displays will feature 5.9-millimetre pixel spacing and the four main video displays will face each side of the arena and feature the highest resolution centrehung display technology in the state of New York.

Each main video display will measure around 26 feet high by 34.5 feet wide, with the four corner displays to each measure 26 feet high by more than three feet wide. Four underbelly displays will also cater to fans sitting closer to the playing surface and will measure more than eight feet high by 23 feet wide.

The scoreboard displays will be capable of supporting 90,000 pounds and will feature one of the longest travelling hoists available in arenas for presenting the LED displays in either its hung or nested positions. The main centrehung displays will be four times larger than the existing displays at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Islanders’ current home.

In the main seating bowl, two ribbon and 14 vomitory displays will combine for nearly 2,000 feet in length, while three rink-side scorer’s tables will feature displays measuring 25 feet in length. These displays will be used to share additional statistics and graphics, as well as sponsor information.

Seven marquee displays will also welcome fans to the arena, while six entrance, lobby and concourse displays will be visible from fans’ seats. An additional locker room display will also be fitted for team-specific uses.

Tim Leiweke, chief executive of Oak View Group, which is delivering the UBS Arena project, said: “UBS Arena will become a global landmark entertainment and sports destination, and we look forward to welcoming guests to our premiere venue equipped with industry leading technology that captivates and delivers a first-rate atmosphere for all to enjoy.”

Daktronics president and chief executive Reece Kurtenbach added: “UBS Arena will engage visitors at every turn. From the moment they arrive outside, as they enjoy the event and as they prepare to leave, our systems will be part of the experience.

“We’re excited to deliver the LED displays for one of the country’s premier sports and entertainment venues and are happy to be working with UBS Arena to make this installation a reality. As an American-based company, we look forward to the opportunity to support them and this project for years to come.”

UBS Arena will have a capacity of 19,000 and will host more than 150 sports and live entertainment events annually.

Image: Daktronics