HP Pavilion has received its latest installment of eye candy: 917 feet of full-color full-motion LED fascia. Premiering at last Saturday’s SaberCats playoff game, the fascia board spans 360 degrees within the inner bowl of the arena and can broadcast continuous or segmented images.
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“The single biggest reason people should be excited about the fascia is its full color, full motion video display,” said Rich Sotelo, Vice President of Building Operations. “The old signs were static, backlit and stationary. The new fascia runs around the length of the bowl so you can have a continuous image all the way around or segmented images, including clocks, scoring and video.”
“I think it will have a tremendous impact on the fans and the game,” added Sotelo.
Fans at Saturday’s SaberCats playoff victory were the first to witness the new LED screens. Although it was not the largest crowd the SaberCats have housed within HP Pavilion, many onlookers commented that it was the loudest.
“Based on the initial response at the SaberCats game, we had many people tell us it’s the loudest they’ve ever heard the SaberCats crowd,” said Sotelo. “They were invigorated by the fascia, and the scoreboard isn’t even in yet. With the fascia and the scoreboard together, the message will be so much more vivid and make a greater impact. It will be phenomenal. ”
The scoreboard is currently under construction at Daktronics, in South Dakota. Daktronics, the same company that created the reader board outside West Santa Clara Street, will build the scoreboard and then disassemble it for transportation to San Jose. Upon arrival in San Jose, it will be partly assembled at an off-site location and then transported to HP Pavilion where it will be completely assembled within the arena.
“There is no comparison to the impact of what people saw the last time they were at a Sharks game to what they are going to see,” said Sotelo. “There is no comparison to the clarity, the animation, the flexibility of we’ll be able to do.”
Outside of the LED fascia displays and a new state-of-the-art center scoreboard, the extreme interior makeover will boast and a superior sound and video system to support high definition. The makeover will be taking place in and around several shows slated for HP Pavilion this summer, and over the course ten week process, sjsharks.com will profile the progress of the construction through pictures and video.
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Below are recent photos of the construction at HP Pavilion: