New Prudential Center scoreboard revolutionizes fan experience

The fan experience for Seton Hall men’s basketball games just got a massive upgrade, as the Pirate home arena, the Prudential Center, recently unveiled a brand new video-board that takes the mantle of the largest in-arena scoreboard in the world.

The scoreboard, which was unveiled on Oct. 6, was made by LED company Trans-Lux and is almost four stories tall. While the New Jersey Devils may be the arena’s primary tenants, the Seton Hall men’s basketball team and its fans will also experience all the good that comes from the sparkling scoreboard this upcoming season.

“Our partnership with Trans-Lux, and the installation of the largest in-arena scoreboard in the world, is another example of our commitment to providing our fans the most dynamic, engaging and technologically-advanced experience in the industry today,” Hugh Weber, president of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, said in a press release. “In addition to supporting the fan experience, this incredible scoreboard creates new, more dynamic, engaging and visually appealing opportunities for our sponsors.”

To call the board a simple upgrade would not do it justice. The previous scoreboard pales in comparison to the new board’s size and quality, as most today would. The nine screens that made up the previous scoreboard equals just one of the four screens on the new board.

J.M. Allain, president and CEO of Trans-Lux, spoke of the enhanced experience that this revolutionary video-board will provide for fans.

“This state-of-the-art, integrated, better-than high definition solution gives Prudential Center the distinction of housing the largest digital scoreboard, not only in the NHL, but within any indoor arena anywhere in the world,” Allain said in a press release. “From a production and viewing standpoint, this technology is changing the way games are watched. Videos are clearer, the colors are deeper and the video is four times more engaging.”

Trans-Lux manufactured the board at their manufacturing plant in St. Louis, Mo., while the frame was put together in Burlington, N.J. After completion, the board weighed in at 88,401 pounds with a square footage of 9,584.9 feet. In comparison, the average single-family home in the northeast is 2,613 square feet, making the board 3.67 times larger.

“As New Jersey’s premier sports and entertainment venue, Prudential Center has consistently been innovative in the ways it tries to enhance the fan experience, and installing the world’s largest in-arena scoreboard is a huge accomplishment,” Seton Hall Athletics said in a statement. “We are looking forward to our men’s basketball program and our fans enjoying the dynamic experience the scoreboard will provide for many, many years.”

With the new scoreboard, Pirates fans can count on bigger and clearer visual displays for some of Seton Hall basketball’s most iconic moments moving forward.

Andrew Lombardo can be reached at andrew.lombardo@student.shu.edu or on Twitter @lombardo_andrew.

Author: Andrew Lombardo

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