Qudos Bank Arena installs largest centrehung LED video system in Southern Hemisphere
Qudos Bank Arena has partnered with Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) to construct a 12-display centrehung LED video display system – the largest in the southern hemisphere – using 180 portable LED panels for the eight main displays that can be taken down and used in any configuration for any of the multiple events hosted by the facility in Sydney, Australia.
The four largest displays each measure 4.76m-high by 8.88m-wide, and the four displays at the corners of the configuration in between the main displays each measure 4.76m-high by 2.54m-wide. These displays feature 6mm line spacing to provide excellent image clarity and contrast to bring a great view to every seat within the arena.
The displays are capable of variable content zoning, which allows each to show one large image or each can be divided into multiple zones to show any variety of live video, instant replays, game statistics, graphics, sponsorship messages and other event information.
Blair Robertson, Daktronics Regional Manager, said:
This project was a challenge that our engineering team was eager to accept as we worked closely with the Qudos Bank Arena operations team to design and install a world-class multi-sport centrehung display system. This type of project fully engages every aspect of our business and highlights Daktronics as the industry leader in the LED display industry. I’m proud to be a part of such a magnificent project that truly is spectacular to see in person.
The centrehung system includes an upper ring display measuring 0.63m-high by 55.79m around and a lower ring display measuring 0.63m-high by 38.04m around. Both ring displays feature 10mm line spacing and can show complementary information to what is being shown on the main displays.
On the underbelly of the centrehung, two displays measuring 1.90m-high by 3.49m-wide and featuring 6mm line spacing will be angled towards the sides of the arena to appeal to the seats closer to the action.
Additionally, the arena received four digital scorer’s tables to place in any configuration along the side of the playing area. Each of these displays measures 0.63m-high by 2.22m-wide and features 6mm line spacing to show additional graphics, statistics and sponsorship messages throughout events.
Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with consistent, industry-leading performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.
Qudos Bank Arena, home to the NBL’s Sydney Kings
Qudos Bank Arena, Australia’s premier entertainment venue located in Sydney’s Olympic Park precinct, became the official home of the National Basketball League’s Sydney Kings back in October.
In February 2016, AEG Ogden acquired ownership of the Sydney Kings. With AEG Ogden also managing Qudos Bank Arena, it was the logical choice that the team become an anchor tenant.
AEG Ogden Chairman, Harvey Lister, said:
Qudos Bank Arena is fully committed to the success of the Sydney Kings, and has invested in enhancements to its building that align with the Sydney Kings now calling the Arena home.
Steve Hevern, General Manager of Qudos Bank Arena, said:
The team here at Qudos Bank Arena are delighted to have the Sydney Kings return to Sydney Olympic Park once again and the prospect of being afforded an integral role in the revival of this iconic sporting franchise. The new scoreboard acquisition not only brings the Arena up to date with what our patrons expect in today’s competitive environment, but is also a testament to how different it will be to attend a Kings game this time around. Containing 12 individual high definition screens with over 300sqm of total screen surface, it will be a game changer for how sport and entertainment can be viewed in this country. We are genuinely excited about the array of opportunities it represents.
Sydney Kings management has been working hard and with serious pace in the off season, led by its new Managing Director, Jeff Van Groningen, who said:
The Sydney Kings have a tremendous history, a legacy of great performances, Championships and eye-catching entertainment. Our new owner, AEG Ogden, and our dynamic management team are focused on ushering in a new era at the Kings. We are building on the past, while creating an exciting future. It’s a tremendous opportunity to win over the sporting public of Sydney and earn their support. Our new Head Coach, Andrew Gaze, is an iconic figure in Australian sport and will guide a playing group that features three top-flight American imports, new captain Kevin Lisch, local star Jason Cadee and the return from Europe of Australian elite forward Brad Newley.
ABOUT QUDOS BANK ARENA
Qudos Bank Arena, Australia’s largest indoor arena and Sydney’s home of live entertainment, was voted the No.1 venue in Australasia for 2016 by Pollstar. Originally built for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, it has now established itself as one of Australia’s major concert and sporting venues. This 21,000-seat indoor arena has played host to a number of international superstars including Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, P!NK, Lady Gaga, Motley Crue and Kendrick Lamar. Other events include family shows such as Disney on Ice, as well as indoor sports like Fast4 Tennis, International Netball and Motocross. The venue also includes 52 corporate suites, which have established the benchmark for corporate entertaining at comparable venues in Australia.
Qudos Bank Arena is also one of the preferred locations for conferences, gala dinners and product launches in Sydney Olympic Park. The multiple venue spaces that include a glazed Grand Foyer, a spectacular Grand Ballroom and a wide variety of other spaces capable of numerous configurations from 20 to 20,000 patrons for all event requirements.
For further information about Qudos Bank Arena visit: www.qudosbankarena.com.au
ABOUT SYDNEY KINGS
The Sydney Kings current roster includes reigning NBL MVP (and Rio Olympian) Kevin Lisch, former Boomers Brad Newley and Aleks Maric and exciting imports Greg Whittington and Michael Bryson. The roster includes four of the team’s top performers from 2015-16 in Tom Garlepp, Jason Cadee, Julian Khazzouh and Jeromie Hill, as well as the first Chinese-born player in NBL history and former Fremantle Docker AFL player Craig Moller.”
The Sydney Kings compete in the National Basketball League (NBL), Australia’s elite basketball competition. The NBL, an eight team league, has media agreements in place with FoxSports (every game, all teams, live) and SBS (game of the week), while in a groundbreaking recent move secured all of its own digital rights and broadcasts its content across any digital device both in Australia and to territories overseas, via their website and app programs.
The Sydney Kings were formed via a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in 1988. They were the first team to win three consecutive championships in the NBL (2002/3, 2003/4, 2004/5). Previous stars have included Damian Keogh, Dwayne McClain, Shane Heal, Tim Morrissey, Bruce Bolden, Steve Carfino Dean Uthoff and Matt Nielsen. The late Mike Wrubleski is considered to be the most influential off-court figure in King’s history, having provided a strong vision for dynamic game-night entertainment and recruiting rosters full of exciting stars, both American and local.
ABOUT AEG OGDEN
AEG Ogden is a joint venture between Australia-based venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States.
AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, and Perth Arena; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, Hyderabad (currently in design), the new International Convention Centre Sydney (which opened December 2016), and the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island. AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings.
Image: Qudos Bank Arena, 2017