The Nashville Predators have unveiled several Bridgestone Arena upgrades completed over the summer, highlighted by a new videoboard.
The Predators have been diligent in recent years with their improvements to Bridgestone Arena, having introduced LED ribbon boards and other upgrades. Recent renovations amounted to a more than $8 million investment in the arena, with new concession options, water fountains throughout the venue, Club Level restroom upgrades, and the addition of Hap & Harry’s Tap Room–a party suite on the club level that can accommodate up to 50 guests–among the upgrades.
At the center of those improvements, however, is the new videoboard. The new display marks a substantial upgrade over its predecessor, as it almost 300 percent larger and 450 percent higher resolution. Over the summer, the Predators also secured a 30-year lease extension to Bridgestone Arena. More from The Tennessean:
“The new lease takes us forward for the next 30 years, which really allows us to continue this pretty aggressive wave of renovations,” Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. “The biggest visible renovation we’re doing this year is our scoreboard. Our renovations are never finished until our fans see them, review them, critique them and give us that always-needed feedback on how we can do things better.”
The video scoreboard is called FangVision and is the culmination of a project that began when the organization started renovating the sound and lighting system two years ago.
The new scoreboard is 22 feet tall and 34 feet wide. It’s predecessor was 12 feet tall and 20 feet wide. That means the new one is 300% larger.
It also has 450 percent higher resolution.
The lease extension commits the Predators to Bridgestone Arena through 2049 and should set the tone for more upgrades in the future. Bridgestone Arena originally opened in 1996, and has been home to the Predators since the franchise began play as an NHL expansion team in 1998.
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