Calgary, AB – The experience of attending a Calgary Flames game at the Pengrowth Saddledome is about to get a new injection of life.
The Calgary Flames and ENMAX Energy Corporation have partnered to install a new state of the art information centre/scoreboard for the Saddledome.
The ENMAX Energy Board will be introduced to hockey fans for the first time on December 26, 2006 when the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks.
"ENMAX is pleased to be a part of bringing the latest technology to the Pengrowth Saddledome," said ENMAX President & CEO, Gary Holden. "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. "
It will take six trucks to transport the new 36,000 pound score clock from South Dakota to Calgary.
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 their overall game experience.
While work has already begun at the Pengrowth Saddledome for a new command center for the ENMAX Energy Board, installation will officially commence on December 12. Following the Flames' game versus the Minnesota Wild, the existing clock will come down, providing a two week period for the installation.
"After the game 35,000 pounds of largely obsolete technology will be lowered to the floor," said King, adding parts of the old clock will be salvaged and recycled where possible.
As part of the announcement, ENMAX will begin donating $1,000 for every power play goal the Flames score from now until the end of the season.
"Hopefully the team will score plenty of those goals," said Holden.