ANC Sports Partners with UPENN, Penn State to Enhance Basketball Game Day
ANC Sports Enterprises has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to enhance the game-day atmosphere at The Palestra with two new Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision video displays. ANC Sports Enterprises will also team up with Penn State University to renovate the Bryce Jordan Center with a new center-hung scoreboard featuring high-definition quality visuals across approximately half a million pixels.
Home of the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams, The Palestra will open the 2011-12 NCAA season with advanced technology that preserves the venue’s historic identity while providing fans with detailed information and real-time statistics.
“We are not changing the traditional atmosphere of the venue, rather bringing generations together with the ability to connect teams of yesterday with today’s teams within the arena’s bowl,” said Steve Bilsky, athletic director at University of Pennsylvania. “We are being extremely careful to enhance the game-day environment while not disturbing the integrity of The Palestra, including using technology that is capable of creating a nostalgic feel.”
ANC’s unique VisionSOFT operating system will enable the displays to mimic the look of the current fixed digit scoreboards, feature in-depth statistical analysis, or dissolve into full-motion video of memorable events that make up The Palestra’s storied history. The patented software is also capable of creating the appeal of an old manually turned scoreboard, a unique feature that enabled the Seattle Mariners’ out-of-town scoreboard to be named the best in Major League Baseball by ESPN.com.
The new video system will consist of two Diamond Vision video screens at either end of the venue, positioned in the same area as the current scoreboards. The East wall will feature the larger of the two video displays, measuring 16 ft. high by 28 ft. wide, while a 3 ft. high by 24 ft. wide video strip and new fixed-digit scoreboard measuring 6 ft. high by 24 ft. wide will be introduced to the West wall.
“ANC is proud to be a part of the renovation of one of the most famous arenas in sports,” said Jerry Cifarelli, president and chief executive officer of ANC Sports Enterprises. “We look forward to introducing technology which will help extend the lifetime of The Palestra by incorporating new fan features while preserving the venue’s historic atmosphere.”
ANC Sports will spearhead the development, installation, and integration of the new scoreboard into the 15,000-seat Bryce Jordan Center. The new scoreboard will feature four Mitsubishi Electric 10mm Diamond Vision video screens each measuring approximately 12 ft. high x 16 ft. wide and two 16mm Diamond Vision ribbon displays, one on top of the video screens and one at the bottom of the structure.
The new center-hung system will include over 1100 square feet of dynamic video capabilities which will provide real-time statistics, team logos, crowd prompts, animated team introductions, student athlete videos and live footage of events at the arena.
The new scoreboard will complement the Diamond Vision LED ribbon system that ANC Sports installed in 2008. Driven by ANC’s VisionSOFT operating system the entire signage system will feature the capability to synchronize together featuring one image, video, or animation series. Compelling visuals such as “We Are . . . Penn State” featuring player images walking across the video system, from one display to the next will forever change the game day environment at the venue.
“Our patented operating system provides the University with unprecedented capabilities, which create a memorable experience,” said Cifarelli. “We are extremely proud to expand our partnership with Penn State with the renovation at the Bryce Jordan Center and look forward to delivering new fan enhancing content and applications for all the University’s nationally recognized venues moving forward.”