The Wheat Kings home opener is nicely underway at Westoba Place.
In addition to the glitz, glamour, razzle and dazzle you’ve come to expect from the annual kickoff to the season the team and Keystone Centre used the occasion during the pregame to unveil the arena’s much anticipated brand new scoreclock.
The first thing that strikes you is that each of the four sides to the unit are all-screen, compared to the previous scoreclock having separate areas delegated to a game’s score, clock time, period and penalties.
The screens themselves give a noticeably more vibrant image, no small thanks to the presence of over 1.1 million LEDs on each side’s over 149 square feet.
At power-on time, the Wheat Kings used the 16.54 x 9 foot screens as part of pre-game player introductions and to share a video that both played homage to the team’s past and looked forward to what is expected to be a bright future this coming season.
Also standing out for adding extra atmosphere to the in-arena experience was a new 25 foot diameter LED ring placed on top of the scoreclock. The ring is used during play to display the traditional information on the status of the game being played.
More photos to follow later this evening from the home opener including the big game itself.
Though the Wheat Kings had the honour of debuting the new hardware, it will be every bit as exciting to see how the Centre’s other major events make use of what it has to offer to enhance the in-arena experience.