CHARLOTTTE, NC (HORNETS) — The Charlotte Hornets today unveiled the team’s new center-hung scoreboard, four corner-hung auxiliary boards and double-ring LED ribbon boards.
The new center-hung scoreboard, which is one of the biggest in the NBA, consists entirely of high definition electronic LED panels, with the screen forming the entire face of the scoreboard. The two sideline boards are the tallest in the NBA at 25.2’ high x 42.8’ wide, while the two baseline boards are 18’ high x 31.3’ wide. In terms of square footage, the sideline boards are 180% larger and the baseline boards are 50% larger than the screens on the previous scoreboard, providing Hornets fans with an enhanced game experience. The panels on the previous center-hung scoreboard each measured 16’ high x 24’ wide.
Additionally, the new scoreboard has two underbelly screens measuring 9.8’ high x 16.5’ wide to provide a better view for those fans sitting in courtside and lower-level club seats. The underbelly screens are the largest in the NBA.
In an effort to provide Hornets fans with the best visual experience possible, the new 1080p high-definition video displays boast a 70% increase in resolution from the former scoreboard, making the new scoreboard one of the highest-quality displays in the NBA.
The scoreboard’s Hornets-branded elements make it one of the NBA’s most unique designs. The open-faced structure allows fans to see through to the scoreboard’s “hive,” the cell pattern cladding and branding within the board that connects the screens. Along with being a highly sophisticated and complex structure, the scoreboard serves as an artistic expression that represents the home of the Hornets. Through the addition of spider lighting technology, there is an ability to change the color of the lighting within the “hive” to any color, including the team’s iconic purple and teal.
As part of the overall scoreboard project, the Hornets also added four corner-hung auxiliary boards in the upper level. Each board features a 16’ high x 26’ wide video screen in the center flanked by static signage on each side, with the goal of continuing to improve the fan experience for those in the upper level. The additional video boards, which are larger than the screens on the previous center-hung scoreboard, will keep fans closer to the action, provide additional game information and statistics and allow more branding opportunities for team partners.
Additionally, new lower and upper fascia LED signage have been installed in Time Warner Cable Arena, providing the arena with two rows of 360-degree LED ribbon board.
The scoreboard was built by Samsung Electronics. It was designed by the Hornets in conjunction with Anthony James Partners (AJP), a worldwide leader in AV technology, and was a collaborative effort between the Hornets, AJP, the NBA, the City of Charlotte, the CRVA and project manager Aecom.
Attached are two photos of the scoreboard and a fact sheet with additional details.
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Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and Greensboro Swarm and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division. Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community. The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas. The Greensboro Swarm are the new NBA Development League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets and will begin play in 2016-17 at the renovated fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Time Warner Cable Arena is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually. For more information, please visit hornets.com, gsoswarm.com or timewarnercablearena.com.