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HP Pavilion To Receive Several Enhancements This Summer

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
HP Pavilion at San Jose, home of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks, will receive a number of major facility enhancements under a tentative agreement announced today by President and CEO of Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E) Greg Jamison and San José Mayor Chuck Reed. The upgrades will enhance the experience of the nearly 1.75 million people who attend sporting events, concerts, family shows and other events at HP Pavilion annually.
 
An artist rendering of the new scoreboard set for installation this summer.Under the proposed agreement, signage around the interior of the Pavilion will be upgraded with LED displays, a new and state-of-the-art center scoreboard will be installed, the sound system and acoustics would be enhanced and the video system will be upgraded to support high-definition.
 
“The staff at HP Pavilion at San Jose takes great pride not only in providing world-class entertainment to our fan base but also in maintaining a state-of-the-art venue that the people of San Jose can take pride in,” said Mr. Jamison in announcing the proposal. “The proposed enhancements to this building will not only improve the quality of the fan experience at HP Pavilion, but it will also get the building to the standards that have become customary in entertainment facilities today.”
 
Since HP Pavilion opened in 1993, 23 NHL arenas have been built in North America, making HP Pavilion the seventh oldest venue in the League. The tentative upgrade agreement calls for the $16.5 million cost of the improvements to be shared equally by the City and HP Pavilion Management, with the City costs paid out of the annual proceeds received from the existing Pavilion agreement.
 
“HP Pavilion is San Jose’s premiere sports and entertainment venue, drawing hundreds of first class quality events to San Jose every year,” said Mayor Reed. “It’s an economic engine that brings hundreds of thousands of people to downtown San Jose every year and we want to ensure that it continues to thrive in that role for the foreseeable future.”
 
Many of the items set for upgrades were installed when the Pavilion first opened 14 years ago and have exceeded their useful life. The agreement, which will be considered by the City Council on May 15, will insure that HP Pavilion remains a first class sports and entertainment venue that fuels the downtown economy and provides significant annual revenue to the City’s general fund.
 

Click here to watch a demonstration of center scoreboard at TD Banknorth Garden, home of the NHL's Boston Bruins and the NBA's Boston Celtics. The new scoreboard at HP Pavilion will feature similar LED halos above and below the main video displays.
 
DETAILS OF IMPROVEMENTS
 
Center Hung Scoreboard
HP Pavilion plans to install a new high-resolution LED scoreboard. This new technology provides a clearer and brighter image than what currently exists. The existing video display is nine-feet by 12-feet; the proposed new display is approximately 18-feet by 24-feet, providing a 16x9 video aspect ratio that is used in high-definition television displays. Currently 21 of the 30 NHL facilities have new high-resolution LED Scoreboards.
 
LED Fascia Display
HP Pavilion plans to install full color, moving LED fascia displays. NHL buildings constructed during the past five years have these full color, moving LED displays to enhance the guest experience. These signs provide a very dramatic visual experience for the fans. They will also enhance the ability to provide flexible programming for events such as NCAA sanctioned sporting events that require specific guidelines for sponsorships and programming that HP Pavilion currently is not able to provide. The existing fascia display is the original fixtures installed when the building opened in 1993.
 
Seating Area Sound System
The proposed sound system would be a complete change to digital equipment and would incorporate outward facing speaker clusters as compared to the old style distributed speaker placement. This will provide a clearer or more audible sound quality with sound generated from the center of the building rather than throughout the building. The existing sound system was installed when the building opened in 1993. The system not only provides audio during events but it serves as the primary emergency announcement source in the seating area.
 
Rigging Capacity Upgrade
The proposed rigging capacity upgrade would increase the current capacity from 75,000 pounds to 150-200,000 pounds depending on the needed scope of work. This work would accommodate both center and end stage shows. When the building was designed, standard show loads were 40,000 pounds with large shows in the 60-80,000 pound range. Today standard loads are 60-80,000 pounds with large shows running 125-150,000 pounds.
 
HD Video Equipment Upgrade
The building opened in 1993 with analog equipment which is no longer supported by manufacturers. With the change to high-definition technology and digital equipment throughout the industry, compatibility issues with traveling mobile studio trucks has become a serious issue. A complete change is required to ensure reliability and interfacing with the new scoreboard and LED systems and TV trucks.
 
Acoustic Improvements
Above the soffit of the penthouse suites exists large flat surfaces that cause sound to bounce back into the seating area creating serious sound reverberation issues. A solution has been identified that will encompass installing sound deadening panels from the soffit to the underside of the roof structure. This will create an area between the new panel and existing wall to act as a “sound trap” to significantly reduce reverberation in the seating area. This reduction of the standing waves created by the slap off of the back wall will improve the clarity of the sound system and the systems used by touring shows.
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