By the end of this year, basketball games, concerts and other events at the CenturyLink Center are going to look a little sharper, no matter where you're sitting.
For the first time since it was built in 2003, the arena is getting a new scoreboard, along with new digital panels that run around the sides of the arena and updated marquees outside. It's a big investment: $4.2 million for the updates that visitors will be able to see and $1.6 million more for new video control room equipment behind the scenes.
Roger Dixon, president of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, said technology has changed dramatically in the decade since the arena was outfitted with its original equipment.
“It was state-of-the-art when we installed it 10 years ago, and now the new stuff is state-of-the-art, too,” he said. “We're getting into high definition, so the resolution will be much greater than what we currently have.”
The new scoreboard in the center of the arena will have an LED display, with larger video screens than the one it is replacing. And it will be able to show more angles on every game or performance because MECA's purchases include more cameras.
“We'll be able to utilize more cameras on replays,” Dixon said.
Workers will begin installing the new equipment in May and continue through the summer, working around the events scheduled for the venue. The work should be mostly wrapped up by fall, Dixon said.
“We want to have it all in place prior to hockey season,” he said.
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