PPG Paints Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL ice hockey team, is to be fitted with a new scoreboard as part of plans to improve the fan experience at the venue.
Pittsburgh’s Sports & Exhibition Authority, which owns the arena, has reached an agreement with the Penguins for the new scoreboard, which will be larger than the current display.
It is hoped the new display will be fitted following the conclusion of the 2022-23 NHL season. The current display is the third-smallest in the NHL and the new scoreboard will seek to bring PPG Paints Arena in line with newer venues.
“The new, larger scoreboard allows for an improved fan experience, projection of in-game data for our fans, including players on the ice and other player tracking such as shift time, skating speed and shot velocity,” Kevin Acklin, president of business operations at the Penguins, said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper.
The Tribune-Review added that the SEA’s $6.8m (£5.5m/€6.5m) reimbursement agreement with the Penguins will cover some of the costs of the new scoreboard, as well as new video technology and a new sound system.
Acklin added: “As operators of the arena, the Penguins have also invested tens of millions in ongoing capital improvements to continue to operate a world-class facility and generate economic impact and tax revenues for the city and region.”
The arena opened in 2010 and has been sponsored by PPG Paints since 2016. In June, OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, was appointed to manage, book and operate the facility.
OVG360 was selected by Fenway Sports Group, which completed a $900m takeover of the Penguins in December last year. OVG360 pledged to make substantial private investments into PPG Paints Arena to improve its fan experience and operational infrastructure, with a view to contributing “more aggressively” to the quality and diversity of entertainment in the Pittsburgh region.