Product Categories: IPTV Solution, LED Sports Lighting.
Working with the Louisville Arena Authority, AJP surveyed KFC Yum! Center’s existing AV technology and developed a feasibility study to serve as a roadmap toward future capital and operating expenses for technology, including LED, Broadcast, IPTV, LED Sports Lighting, Audio and Network Infrastructure. The review gave Ownership the tools to appropriately budget future arena technology renovations and enhancements, and provided an objective report to support capital funding requests.
The KFC Yum! Center is a basketball and multi-purpose arena that accommodates over 22,000 fans. Home to the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball program, the venue also hosts a variety of events including concerts, circuses, wrestling, boxing, swimming, NCAA volleyball, and ice shows.
INTENET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV)
AJP supported with a venue-wide digital media display network solution (Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)) that delivers multiple live content channels to any display in the venue. The solution is built around a computer network structure that can be expanded to accommodate nearly any form of digital media. Fans can now enjoy dynamic content on over 400 large LCD screens in the suites, concession, concourse and club areas. Through a rigorous bid process and negotiations supported by AJP, KFC Yum! was able to acquire a premium priced IPTV platform that included 5 years’ worth of maintenance, while adhering to the set budget.
LED SPORTS LIGHTING
AJP provided a performance specification, financial modeling, procurement, and construction administration for LED Sports Lighting, including a refresh of work lights and DMX control.
September 9, 2019
WHY THESE YUM CENTER UPGRADES WILL IMPROVE THE FAN EXPERIENCE
The KFC Yum Center has made some venue upgrades that officials said will make the fan experience more enjoyable and memorable.
The downtown Louisville arena recently wrapped up two projects that enhance the lighting throughout the Yum Center while also updating hundreds of digital screens inside the facility to provide advertisers more options and guests better picture clarity.
AEG, the Los Angeles-based manager of the Yum Center, and the Louisville Arena Authority worked with Iowa-based Musco Sports Lighting to replace the existing lighting package with a new LED sports lighting upgrade that arena officials said maximizes comfort and minimizes glare during an event. Limiting glare is important for both performers and athletes as well as the fans and photographers who are trying to capture photographs during events.
Arena officials also said the new system is more efficient as it can be shut off and turned on instantaneously. The previous lighting system took up to 15 minutes to reach full brightness.
As part of the project, the Yum Center replaced 184 high-intensity discharge, or HID, lamps with 116 LED fixtures.
In addition to an overall aesthetic improvement, Sandra Moran, marketing director for the Yum Center, said the new lighting system offers a 50 percent energy savings compared to the old system and also will save the arena 50 percent in equipment costs long term.
“The new system will pay for itself,” she said.
The Yum Center also has boosted its Internet Protocol television (IPTV) network, which is the delivery of television content over IP networks.
The arena worked with California tech companies Cisco Systems Inc. and Trace3 to replace 248 digital television displays with larger screens throughout the Yum Center, while also adding 16 75-inch vertical screens on the main concourse.