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The Blue Jackets Get A New Scoreboard

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, 

Today, a tractor-trailer will pull slowly onto the arena floor carrying the “mother lode” pieces of the crown jewel in this summer’s $6.4 million renovation project: a state-of-the-art, high-definition scoreboard that dwarfs the old model in both size and capability.

“There’s going to be a huge ‘Wow!’ factor,” said Blue Jackets director of game operations Derek Dawley. “I can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when they experience this for the first time.”
It will be hard to miss, although a potential NHL lockout could delay its unveiling.

The new scoreboard, built by Brookings, S.D.-based Daktronics, will have 2,630 square feet of viewing space vs. the old one’s 576 square feet, a 357 percent increase. The main board on each of the four sides will be 25 feet wide and 15.5 feet high (387.5 square feet) vs. the old 16-by-9 (144 square feet).

It’s all in high-definition, too, which — like electric cars and iPods — wasn’t available when Nationwide was being built in the late 1990s.

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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

All the better to watch goals against with.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/27/12 at 12:32 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Note to CBJ brass: Gimmicks won’t sell tickets anymore.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/27/12 at 12:52 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Also, I normally hate to be this guy, but with all the talk about revenue sharing and the financial difficulty facing small market teams… shouldn’t austerity on the part of ownership be part of the discussion too?

I went to Nationwide Arena several times last season.  The jumbotron was doing its job just fine.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/27/12 at 12:57 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Did they bust the old one with the cannon or something?

The cannon is awesome. Don’t ever lose that.

Also a nice note:

The Ottawa Senators upgraded their scoreboard last season in Scotiabank Place from one of the smallest in the league — the one in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena now holds that distinction — to a board that’s not quite as big as what the Blue Jackets are getting.

Not surprised, but it still works.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 08/27/12 at 01:59 PM ET


So does a 1982 Chrysler K car, but it doesn’t mean it is good!

Posted by timbits on 08/27/12 at 10:06 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

This is clearly for the All Star Game. If it were just for the CBJ games, you don’t need giant hi-def screens to see a team fall apart night after night (unless someone wanted to count the individual tears on Steve Mason’s face).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/28/12 at 12:14 AM ET

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