by Forechecker on 11/01/08 at 11:46 AM ET
As fiercely as hockey teams compete on the ice for supremacy in the standings, the Game Operations staffs in various sports venues also battle to provide the most entertaining fan experience possible. A new generation of technological amenities presents both challenges and opportunities in that area.
In today’s Athletic Business, they discuss examples like the Megatron, installed a year ago in Nashville’s Sommet Center, as well as upgrades to Crisler Arena, where the University of Michigan plays basketball:
Purchasing and installing such a graphic display system isn’t done for the sake of ornamentation; it’s done to stay competitive in what has essentially become an ongoing race to remain in the state of the art. And since it’s not feasible for many athletics facility owners — from high schools to major sports franchises — to completely rebuild or renovate their facility each time a technological innovation infiltrates the marketplace, there are currently a range of technologically advanced a la carte upgrades available to help facilities stay competitive.
So when are we going to see robotic popcorn vendors?
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