ROSEMONT, Ill., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (Panasonic) has designed, built and installed a cutting-edge, LED center-hung video scoreboard and a 360-degree ribbon display that will be integrated with a concert-quality Panasonic audio system at Allstate Arena, located in Rosemont, Ill. The improvements to the Arena are part of a multi-phase partnership with the Village of Rosemont that also will encompass improvements to the Rosemont Theater, MB Financial Park at Rosemont and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The new installations have been custom designed to enhance live event viewing at the Arena by further engaging spectators in one of the Chicago area's most vibrant and growing entertainment districts.
"We are grateful to Panasonic for their tremendous contribution to our community," said Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens. "We are committed to bringing our residents and guests the finest in entertainment, and having Panasonic as a partner allows us to utilize the newest technological innovations available to enhance their experience as they visit our sports, performance, convention and recreational venues."
Panasonic updated the Allstate Arena with a four-sided, center-hung, 6-mm pixel pitch Surface Mount Device (SMD) LED. Each side features a 9.4 foot-high by 12.58 foot-wide video board, complete with pyrotechnics, upper and lower 16-mm full-color halo rings measuring 2.1 feet-high by 62.99 feet-wide and 2.1 foot-high by 50.39 foot-wide respectively, and a decorative bottom cap with naming rights. For further enhancement, the installation included a 360-degree fascia LED video display, extending 680 feet-long and 2.1 feet-high, and four 85" flat panel displays were also installed in the concourse area. The complete LED solution immediately improves the fan experience by offering live action, replays, statistics, as well as graphics and animations. The entire project was implemented in three phases, with the final part, including Panasonic's integration of a state-of-the-art premium audio system, with completion estimated for the end of the month.
"With expertise in the design, build and installation of A/V systems, our team came up with a solution that would meet the specific needs of Allstate Arena, which included as many legacy components integrated into the control equipment as possible. This system install also showed how we successfully face challenges associated with a very active schedule within a tight timeline," said Richard Ballard, VP Sales & Marketing, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "Providing a one-stop solution for our customers is just another way Panasonic adds value for its customers like Allstate Arena."
Opened in 1980 and operated by the Village of Rosemont, Allstate Arena is a forward-thinking facility continuously striving to improve the spectator experience and its environmental stewardship. The arena is located at the gateway to Chicago. Proud home to the Chicago Wolves (American Hockey League), Chicago Rush (Arena Football League), the DePaul University Blue Demons and the Chicago Sky (Women's National Basketball Association), the arena also serves as a host to memorable music guests such as Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, Billy Joel, Nickelback, Taylor Swift, and Metallica while also featuring shows like Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, World Wrestling Entertainment and Disney on Ice.
"Since opening more than 30 years ago, it has always been our goal to bring our guests the most engaging live entertainment experience. Panasonic's recent improvements catapult the Allstate Arena far beyond what any home entertainment systems could offer, with state-of-the-art LED video boards and a premiere audio system," said Patrick Nagle, Executive Director, Allstate Arena and Rosemont Theatre. "Panasonic worked closely with us to provide a solution custom designed to bring our fan engagement to a higher level, adding further incentives to come to live events."
About Panasonic Eco Solutions North America
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). The company develops and provides customized and integrated technology-based system solutions for enterprise customers in a variety of industries such as sports and entertainment, as well as education. Additionally, the company supplies renewable energy and energy-efficiency solutions to corporate and public sector organizations. For more information on the company and its enterprise solutions, visit http://www.panasonic.com/business/enterprise/enterprise-solutions-company.asp
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