Venue News: Golden State Warriors Plan ‘Smart’ Arena; D.C. United Commission New Venue Study

The Golden State Warriors plan to develop the world’s smartest arena in San Francisco, and social media firms will play a key role in shaping the facility’s program needs, according to the team’s consultant. The NBA team announced last week its intention to build a privately financed $500 million bayfront arena in San Francisco to replace Oracle Arena, its home in Oakland since 1971. The Warriors plan to open the facility in 2017. The team’s vision to design a cutting-edge sports facility in the technology capital of North America includes tapping into some of the brightest minds in the Bay Area for input on how social media can drive the future of arena communications…

…A new stadium for D.C. United would cost at least $157 million to build, but could generate $5.5 million to $7.3 million a year in tax revenue for the District, according to a draft study commissioned by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. The study envisions a 24,000-seat stadium — with 50 suites, 240 loge seats and 1,200 club seats — on Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington. It would hold 17 league matches a year for United as well 25 to 37 other events, including international and college soccer matches, concerts and community events. Construction of the project, the report claims, would create 290 jobs for District residents, $19.5 million in wages and about $38 million in local spending. Once completed, the stadium would support 600 to 810 part- or full-time jobs permanently…

…Temple University and ANC Sports Enterprises and have formed a multiyear partnership to enhance the fan experience at the Liacouras Center through a new video system featuring high-definition quality visuals across more than 1.7 million pixels. ANC Sports will spearhead the design, installation, and operation of the new display system, which will be highlighted by a center-hung scoreboard consisting of four Diamond Vision video screens, each measuring more than 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. The center-hung structure will also include four ANC Sports’ scoring LED displays capable of full motion graphics, each measuring more than 3 feet high and 10 feet wide. Floating beneath the scoring matrixes on the center-hung structure will be an ANC Sports’ LED ring, which will display animated University branding, crowd prompts, and sponsor acknowledgments. The new center-hung scoreboard will bring more than 1800 square feet of dynamic content, including live action, replays, game animations, team logos, student athlete introductions and real-time statistics to the 10,200 seat venue. Complementing the center-hung scoreboard will be a new ANC Sports’ LED ribbon system spread across the Liacouras Center’s 200 Level façade…

…Daktronics provided DakStats software in the control room for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Baseball Tournament from May 22-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, AL.
The inclusion of the DakStats software at Regions Park allowed for additional statistical data and graphics, such as automated scorecards, batter due-up, a strikeout meter, defensive positions, steal threats, runner-on-base, and season and day pitcher stats. It also allowed for game summary graphics indicating winning pitcher, losing pitcher, attendance and total game time, all shown on the two existing Daktronics LED displays. DakStats software automatically pulls the latest information to generate graphics for each batter. This feature allows for real-time graphics to be added into existing display layouts so that they are instantly updated and shown with no additional effort from the game-day operators.

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