US arenas hosting pro sport are gearing up for next year. New Orleans Arena has installed a 360-degree LED video/ribbon display approximately 924 feet long by 1.6 feet high in the centre area between the seating levels. The arena will host the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend. Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha, said:
When fans come to a Pelicans game, we want them to have a unique, exciting experience. Panasonic’s custom plan for the New Orleans Arena will enhance fan engagement and make coming to Pelicans games even more enjoyable and interactive for fans.
Richard Ballard, Vice President of Sales for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (the supplier) said:
To integrate the new system components into the existing legacy control system, Panasonic had custom-sized top-service cabinets manufactured – just another way we provide solutions to meet the needs of our customers.
The programming will include local and national sponsor messages, audience participation features and game highlights. The system will be installed by a local contractor, Citadel Builders, L.L.C., the general contractor for the project. By integrating the display with the legacy control system, the LED boards can be synchronised with the existing displays in the arena for a richer fan experience.
The New Orleans Arena, completed in 1999 at a cost of $114 million, offers up to 19,000 seats for events. The arena is the home to the New Orleans Pelicans, the city’s NBA basketball team. In addition to sporting events, the arena is also a popular venue for concerts, trade shows and conventions.