Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames and ENMAX Energy Corporation pulled the switch on the ENMAX Energy Board Tuesday, introducing a new, high-tech scoreboard at the Pengrowth Saddledome prior to the puck dropping for the Calgary Flames game against the Vancouver Canucks.
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"ENMAX is pleased to be a part of bringing the latest technology to the Pengrowth Saddledome," said ENMAX President & CEO, Gary Holden of a five-year agreement with the Flames.
"Hockey is a national past time and the Flames are an integral part of that tradition. The ENMAX Energy Board will heighten the overall experience of attending a Calgary Flames game, and we know Calgarians will be as excited about this project as we are."
The new score clock is created by Daktronics, the industry leader in the development of digital scoring and entertainment systems in the sports business. The ENMAX Energy Board was custom designed for the Pengrowth Saddledome at Daktronics headquarters in South Dakota.
Calgary Flames President and CEO Ken King said the new clock cost in the range of $3.5 million.
"The ENMAX Energy Board is part of our continued commitment to an enhanced game experience and a winning attitude," said Flames President & CEO Ken King.
"We are grateful to ENMAX, whose support made this possible. When you put your stamp on a project like this, it is a significant gesture. This clock does not happen without ENMAX being here. "
It took six trucks to transport the new 36,000 pound score clock from South Dakota to Calgary and it was installed while the Flames were on their recent 10-day road trip.
The old Jumbotron was able to produce 65,000 shades of colour but the new clock displays 4.4 trillion shades of colour.
"I've had people calling me for years asking me if I could do anything with the old Jumbotron. The ENMAX Energy Board is not a new generation. It's a whole new era in technology and everyone in the building will get to experience and enjoy it," said King.
The ENMAX Energy Board is the latest in scoreboard technology, providing 50% more video board than the current system in the Saddledome.
Two LED power rings frame the video boards, creating an exciting new presentation of pertinent game information and entertainment packages with a much cleaner and clearer picture to enhance the overall game experience.
ENMAX also announced it will begin donating $1,000 for every power play goal the Flames score to the Flames Foundation for Life from now until the end of the season.