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New PNC Arena Scoreboard Approved

Carolina Hurricanes

Officials voted last week to approve a new PNC Arena scoreboard, which will be installed ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes‘ 2019-20 NHL slate.

In a vote on Thursday, officials from the Centennial Authority opted to move forward with the installation of a new centerhung Daktronics HDR display. Installation will come as part of a $4.7 million project, and provide a replacement for the existing display, which has been in place since 2009.

While the Hurricanes should benefit from the installation of a new display, PNC Arena also hosts N.C. State men’s basketball in addition to concerts and other gatherings, so it will be an addition that affects the arena experience for multiple types of events. The installation is expected to be completed by August. More from the News & Observer:

The “blueline to blueline” centerhung scoreboard and video display is scheduled to be in place by August and will first be used by the Carolina Hurricanes in their preseason exhibition games. Later in the 2019-20 season will come N.C. State men’s basketball games, although the new videoboard will improve the fan experience at other venue events.

The Hurricanes had hoped to have the scoreboard in place this season, and Tom Dundon made a pitch for it soon after becoming the team’s majority owner in January 2018. The current scoreboard, also made by Daktronics, has been used since 2009.

Structural changes to the roof of the 20-year-old arena had to first be completed to accommodate the new, heavier scoreboard, pushing the project back a year. The authority, the arena landlord, approved those arena changes while funding the installation of a 3D projection system and theatrical lighting for this season that have been used by the Canes and Wolfpack.

PNC Arena originally opened in 1999, and has been home to the Hurricanes and N.C. State throughout its history.

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