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Enhancing the arena experience

Enhancing the arena experience

Madison Square Garden, New York’s iconic indoor arena, has unveiled its new state-of-the-art centre-hung multi-media display that serves as the centrepiece of The Garden’s brand-new LED video display system.

Known as GardenVision, its launch at the end of October marked the conclusion of the third and final phase of The Garden’s unprecedented, E7.2 million ($1billion), three-year transformation.

This cutting-edge system, manufactured by video display specialist Daktronics, includes more than 20 individually produced LED displays and provides attending fans with an enhanced visual experience.

Hank Ratner, president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company explained: “With the completion of our historic Madison Square Garden transformation, ‘the world’s most famous arena’ has also now become the world’s most state-of-the-art arena too, thus ensuring that we continue our tradition of providing fans with the very best experience possible when they attend an event at The Garden.

“Among the many new technological advancements in the arena is our new one-of-a-kind GardenVision system, featuring the industry’s most dynamic multi-media display with a unique circular design and stunning image clarity, enabling fans all around the arena to experience the magic and excitement of The Garden up-close and in high-definition (HD).”

The new multi-media display comprises 24 individual HD LED displays, which are curved to mirror the circular design of the Garden, to provide maximum visibility to all seating positions. The scoreboard is one of only two structures – in all of sports – with LED displays on the inside-bottom, for those seated in the lower sections.

The main video displays are capable of showing one large image all the way around the board to highlight live video and instant replays, and can be divided into separate screens, to show a variety of vivid graphics, colourful animations, up-to-the-minutes statistics, scoring information and promotional videos. The centre-hung video displays will have a unique all-black LED package, providing maximum image clarity and contrast.

Madison Square Garden’s new video display system was developed and installed by Daktronics, an industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays.

Commenting on the project, Jay Parker, Vice President of Daktronics Live Events, explained: “The curvature of the main video displays offers Madison Square Garden something that’s never really been done before in this type of application. It’s very unique and fitting for this venue. The underside displays serve as additional space for any form of content and really exemplify how different this display system is from every other venue in the United States.”

The four main video displays measure 4.8 metres tall by 8.5 metres wide. Directly above those displays are four auxiliary video displays measuring two metres by 8.8 metres wide.

The corners of GardenVision contain four curved displays matching the height of the main video displays and four more curved displays matching the height of the auxiliary displays to create a full circular video board.

The inside-bottom screens will provide up-to-the-minute statistics and game information, as well as replays.

The top of GardenVision contains an ID ring consisting of a backlit LED panel that is more than half a metre tall and circles the entire top of the structure.

In addition, internal structural accommodations in GardenVision for Wi-Fi, IT and broadcast equipment will improve Wi-Fi coverage throughout the Arena, provide new and compelling camera angles for MSG Network and is set up for future technological advances. The board can be lowered and expanded for different events.

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