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Verizon Center Debuts First True IndoorHigh-Definition LED Scoreboard at theWashington Capitals First Home Preseason Game

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ANC Sports & Mitsubishi Electric Created Revolutionary
Diamond Vision™ Digital Display System
 
Washington, D.C. – September 24, 2007 – Verizon Center debuts the ultimate arena experience on Tuesday, September 25 during the Washington Capitals first home preseason game: the first indoor high-definition LED scoreboard. ANC Sports Enterprises and Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision Systems created and installed, and will operate, the high-definition LED center-hung scoreboard.  Verizon Center is also the first arena to exclusively feature Diamond Vision™ LED fascia (ribbon displays), corner stat displays, and video boards driven by ANC Sports’ patent pending VisionSOFT operating system.

 
“Arenas are being built all over the country and in order to compete, you need to be ahead of the curve,” said Abe Pollin, Chairman of Washington Sports & Entertainment. “Partnering with ANC Sports and Mitsubishi Electric, who have created the first true high definition scoreboard, is a perfect example and we’re excited to be able to expand our resume of firsts for sports and entertainment facilities.”
 
The four high-definition Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision™ 6mm video screens measure 14 feet, 5 inches high by 25 feet, 2 inches wide, providing fans with the highest clarity of all the action, including video playback.  In addition to the high-definition boards, the new center-hung scoreboard features four 10mm 5 foot, 3 inch high by 25 foot 6 inch wide LED video matrixes and two 20mm LED rings. The four 10mm video matrixes feature images with clarity found on many primary arena video screens around the country, creating an incredible visual structure with the high-definition displays that exhibit over 68 billion colors.
 
“Mitsubishi and ANC are committed to providing the premier signage systems in sports,” said Mark Foster, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products’ Diamond Vision Systems Division.  “We are thrilled that Verizon Center is the first arena to feature true high-definition video screens and Diamond Visions™ new indoor fascia product.” 
 
Operated through ANC’s unique VisionSOFT software application, the signage system is capable of exhibiting separate game prompts, statistics and 3D animation in real time to build an energetic environment throughout the building.
 
“We are excited to partner with Washington Sports & Entertainment in delivering a one-of-a-kind event experience at Verizon Center,” said Jerry Cifarelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANC Sports Enterprises. “The Diamond Vision high-definition video boards and new fascia product will provide the city of Washington, D.C. with spectacular video and the most vibrant images possible. Combining Mitsubishi’s technology with ANC’s revolutionary software and graphic content creates visuals that indoor entertainment has never been able to feature before.”
 
A renovation of the current LED boards and static fascia signage also took place and involved the replacement of the existing signage with Mitsubishi’s new 20mm Diamond Vision® indoor fascia display. Over a 1,000 feet of linear LED fascia bring to life the entire upper level of the arena bowl, while 400 feet of full motion signage continue to animate the lower level of the arena bowl. Four additional LED displays also light the top corners of the arena bowl with statistics, 3D graphics and advertisements, thus completing the entire digital display system.
 
Through a multi-year agreement with Washington Sports & Entertainment, ANC Sports will create statistical templates, sponsor content and team animations for the entire signage system.
 
High-Definition Diamond Vision™ Center-Hung Video Screens (each screen):
Height: 14 feet, 5 inches
Width: 25 feet, 2 inches
Pixel-Pitch: 6 mm
Screen Area: 365 sq. ft
Resolution: 736 x 1280 dot resolution
Possible Colors: 68.7 billion
 
About Verizon Center
Verizon Center is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility located in downtown Washington, D.C. only steps away from the White House. Opening in December of 1997, and hosting upwards of 220 events annually ranging from concerts to sporting events to family shows, Verizon Center is taking on a brief facelift in preparation for its ten year anniversary this December. The brand new high definition scoreboard is the first step in continuing Verizon Center’s tradition as a state-of-the-art facility for the DC metropolitan area as it approaches its ten year anniversary.
 
About ANC Sports
ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC is a full-service marketing company specializing in providing complete signage solutions that generate maximum sponsorship and advertising revenue while enhancing the overall fan experience. ANC Sports and its divisions: ANC Technologies, ANC Design, and ANC Marketing offer Light Emitting Diode (LED), rotational and fixed visual displays, advanced media control systems, signage operation and maintenance, advertising sales and marketing consultation, graphic design, and print production. ANC Sports provides signage solutions for 150 plus venues/stadiums in North America.  For more information on ANC Sports, please visit www.ancsports.com.
 
About Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Electric, the official large outdoor video display provider of the PGA TOUR, was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. Today, Mitsubishi Electric’s flagship product is the Diamond Vision LEDERBOARD®, a full-color, LED (light emitting diode) display system which merges the company’s expertise in large-scale video displays with LED technology. The result is a stunning, high-resolution video image from a thinner, lighter, energy-efficient medium, with up to an amazing 170-degree horizontal viewing angle and a 1.5 times improved image resolution. Diamond Vision Systems’ US operations are headquartered in Warrendale, PA. Diamond Vision is a division of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan. For more information about Diamond Vision, visit http://www.diamond-vision.com.
 
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