Fans of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the NHL’s Blackhawks will be able to enjoy a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and fully immersive arena audio system from the start of the 2019-2020 season.
The project is the latest arena enhancement aimed to provide an unparalleled gameday experience for fans.
The new center-hung scoreboard will feature a one-of-a-kind design that intersects traditional display elements and modern technology. It will feature:
- 8,600 square feet of 4mm pixel pitch displays, making it the largest center-hung screen display with the highest resolution technology among all arenas that host both NBA and NHL teams;
- Nearly four times more LED screen display than the existing scoreboard;
- Kinetic movement with six independent panels;
- First-of-its-kind, continuous inner ring display;
- Immersive audio, production lighting and more.
Fans in every seat across the arena will experience better visibility. The new inner ring display will provide video and stats to fans closest to the floor or ice, while 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, scoreboard operations, 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.
Complementing the new scoreboard, the United Center is installing a fully customised, production-level sound system that will deliver more balanced, seamless and powerful audio to fans and visitors of all events.
The United Center’s innovative approach to audio and visual elements comes in partnership with industry leaders including Mitsubishi Electric, Crossfade Design, HOK and Clair Solutions.
These two large-scale arena enhancements join recent updates, including all new arena bowl seats and the installation of LED sports lighting.
This project marks the continuation of the United Center’s commitment to enhancing the fan experience at more than 200 events each year.