Anthony James Partners Ushers in Custom Centerhung, Arena Upgrades for Nashville Predators

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.

A Menu of Possibility
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 and the financial reality.

Centerhung Design and LED Display Upgrades
Bridgestone’s most notable LED upgrade—a customized centerhung scoreboard designed by AJP—features (4) 4mm Primary LED video displays (21.4′ x 34.1’), (4) custom 6mm LED Fangs (26′ x 3.5’), (2) 4mm LED video underbelly screens (9.45′ x 31.2’) and (2) 4mm LED video underbelly screens (4.7’ x 31.2’). At 55,000lbs, the new scoreboard weighs only 2000lbs more than the previous, but is 300% larger and offers a 450% increase in video resolution (1680 lines tall) that maximizes the existing 1080p resolution. Other LED upgrades include a continuous upper Ribbon Board, additional lower Ribbon Boards, and customized exterior LED signage. Locker room upgrades include new LED ribbon boards and a digital whiteboard.

Broadcast Production Suite
Bridgestone’s all-new control room design features a full 1080p HDR system. The setup 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) that 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.

Sound System Overhaul
Bridgestone’s 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.