Scope of Work: Design, Financial Modeling, Procurement and OversightProduct Categories: LED Display Systems, Integrated Digital and Static Signage, Broadcast Cable Package, Control Room, Sound Reinforcement System, Locker Room AV / DTV.
OWNER’S REP AND AV CONSULTANT
Custom Center Hung, LED Digital Signage, Broadcast Production Suite, Sound Reinforcement System and Locker Room AV Upgrades for Bridgestone Arena. AJP is proud of our continued work with the Nashville Predators on exciting upgrades to one of the premiere and most unique facilities in North America.
AJP’s first task for Nashville involved the conceptualization of a menu of LED, concourse, exterior and AV upgrades that enabled the organization to pick and choose technology options that would best improve fan experience. AJP pricing models provided the Predators with true product and integration costs – including details such as infrastructure and operational costs, internal management and administration fees, service and warranty costs, bonding and tax liability, etc. – giving the organization a crystal clear picture of the possibilities along with financial realities.
CENTER HUNG DESIGN AND LED DISPLAY UPGRADES
Bridgestone’s most notable LED upgrade is a customized center hung scoreboard designed by AJP. Nearly 300% larger than its predecessor, the sleek center hung features (4) 4mm Primary LED video displays (21.4′ x 34.1’), (2) 4mm LED video underbelly screens (9.45′ x 31.2’), (2) 4mm LED video underbelly screens (4.7’ x 31.2’) and (4) custom 6mm LED Fangs (26′ x 3.5’). At 55,000lbs, the new scoreboard weighs barely more than the previous at 53,000lbs, but offers a 450% increase in video resolution that maximizes the existing 1080p resolution while being ready for 4K down the road. Other LED upgrades include a continuous upper Ribbon Board, additional lower Ribbon Boards, and customized exterior LED signage. Locker room upgrades included new LED ribbon boards and a digital white board.
SOUND SYSTEM OVERHAUL
The arena sound system received a complete overhaul consisting of d&b audiotechnik eight-array J-Series cabinets, and DiGiCo front of house networked consoles and I/Os.
BROADCAST PRODUCTION SUITE
As part of an $8 million, two-year-long AV systems upgrade, Bridgestone’s all-new control room design features a full 1080p HDR system. The set up consists of (4) hard cameras, including a wireless camera system for both in-bowl and plaza areas, (3) robotic cameras and (11) point-of-view cameras. The control room is centered around an Acuity 3ME switcher and a Ross Xpression Graphics System. Replay is accomplished with an Evertz Dreamcatcher system. In-room audio mixing involves a Digico S31 mixing console.
The TOC hubs around an Evertz routing system with an Evertz EMX Multiviewer. Intercom was accomplished by using the Riedel Artists System.
All LED front-end equipment uses a Ross Tessera system (backed by the Ross Xpression graphics system) and controls all Center Hung, Ribbon Board and building Auxiliary LED, including the Locker Room 360 Degree LED Display. Tessera was also used to drive the ice projection for the pre-game show.
The broadcast cable plant was enhanced by adding SMPTE fiber to each JBT location, along with a 12-strand, single-mode fiber connecting back to the television truck dock. A single-mode fiber and SMPTE fiber was added to connect the television truck dock to the TOC, creating an entirely new backbone that encompasses the entire building, including several catwalk locations.
July 24, 2018
PREDS, BRIDGESTONE ARENA UPGRADING LED RIBBONS, GAME PRESENTATION
Arena Undergoing $8.5 Million in Renovations Prior to 2018-19 NHL Season.
The best fan experience in all of sports is about to get an upgrade.
As is customary, Bridgestone Arena is undergoing its summer renovations, and come September, Nashville Predators fans will notice a big difference. Work is underway in the form of an $8.5 million project dedicated to installing new LED ribbons inside the arena bowl, adding a new audio system and a completely revamping the in-house control room.
What does it mean for Preds fans? An in-game experience that will instantly become the best ever seen and heard at 501 Broadway.
“This is one renovation where it’s all about the fan,” Predators and Bridgestone Arena Senior Director of Events Ben Bosse said. “This is a way we can elevate that game experience even further. We’ve done that pretty continuously over the years, but this is one where it’s really fan-centric, and I think it’ll be an awesome experience for people when they see it.”
Gone are the old display boards and static, backlit signage affixed to the fascias around the bowl of the arena, and they’ll be replaced with state-of-the-art LED ribbons that will stand 64 pixels tall, compared to the 16-pixel display of seasons past. That means a much crisper picture for fans, not to mention the myriad of different information the ribbons will now be able to display.
In addition to the arena sound system receiving a complete overhaul, the all-new control room on the event level of the building – the hub where everything a fan sees on the Megatron or LED ribbons originates – will allow Predators game operations to do things they never could in the past.
That includes the upgrade to a full 1080p system, capable of super slo-mo replay to show fans additional looks at the action from angles never seen before. That will be possible, in part, thanks to 11 total point-of-view and robotic cameras, many of which will be available for the first time this fall. One view will even have a wireless transmitter that will be able to show footage such as GNASH repelling from the Arena rafters during the pregame show.
The goal has always been to keep Bridgestone Arena as one of the top facilities around the NHL with the number of amenities available to fans. That’s why millions of dollars are put back into the improvement of the facility each summer, and this time around, patrons will notice the difference the minute they step into the arena to begin the new hockey season.
“Bridgestone Arena is 20 years old, and we pride ourselves in not treating it as such,” Bosse said. “With all the renovations we’ve done over the last five or six years, this is just the next phase, and we’re really excited to see it take a step forward.”
“We’re going to keep some things in our back pocket for the playoffs, but the show our fans will see on a nightly basis will be top notch,” Director of Technical Operations David Graham said. “Preds fans deserve to be wowed every time they’re in the building with the on-ice product, and we want to be just as impressive with our presentation.”
July 31, 2018
PREDATORS BRINGING $12 MILLION IN RENOVATIONS TO BRIDGESTONE ARENA
Nashville Predators fans will have a new experience at games this season as a result of $12 million in renovations the team is doing at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators will substantially upgrade the arena’s audiovisual system, adding more LED lighting and a modern sound system and overhauling the control room.
As a result of requests from players such as star goalie Pekka Rinne, the team also is overhauling its wall and glass board system.
When a Predator scores a goal this season, the stanchions — the poles that hold the glass boards together — will light up with LED lights. To Rinne’s delight, the new stanchions will be flush against the glass, instead of jutting out, leading to fewer instances of the puck taking random bounces, team CEO Sean Henry said.
All of the renovations will be completed before the team’s home opener Oct. 9.
Bridgestone Arena will turn 22 years old during the upcoming season, and the Predators ownership group has made yearly upgrades to the building a priority. Improvements to the AV system, which will cost $8.5 million, will come from capital dollars generated by user fees added onto tickets for events at the arena.
“Every year we try to listen to our constituent base,” Henry said. “You have your fans coming in the front door, you have your partners, you have your employees, you have the performers in the back door, and you have your players. You always want to make sure you’re touching two or three of those with each project you’re doing. This is just another round for it.”
…The Predators also will install more self-serve concessions kiosks throughout the arena, renovate the team store near the front entrance at the corner of Bridgestone Arena and Fifth Avenue South, and add a new concourse bar/gathering place next to the large team store in the concourse.
Two years after the Twice Daily grab-and-go convenience store-style concept was first installed, Henry said the offering has been so successful that the Predators will be adding a third this season.
Henry said each of those upgrades came after fan feedback, a vital component of the Predators’ capital improvement strategy.
The upgrade that will affect the fan experience the most is the improved AV system. On the narrow boards that encircle the second and third levels of seating inside the bowl of the arena there will be new LED signage all around. That means no more static signage.
A new sound system will be in place this season, which Henry said will benefit hockey fans and concertgoers alike…
About $2 million of the renovations will be paid for by the team’s concessions contractor Delaware North.
Despite Nashville being a smaller media market, Bridgestone Arena is one of the highest-performing arenas in North America…[/text]