If Sacramento Kings fans find their attention lagging during games at Golden 1 Center, they’ll likely find something entertaining on the arena’s overhead scoreboard.
At the very least, they’ll have no trouble finding it.
The main scoreboard at the Kings’ new arena will be mammoth. Details unveiled by the team early Thursday showed the scoreboard will be 84 feet long. That’s only 10 feet shorter than the basketball court itself and considerably longer than a typical 18-wheeler truck.
Developed in partnership with Panasonic Corp. of North America, the board will include the largest video screens in the NBA, the Kings said. The screens will be seven times larger than the “KingsVision” video screens at Sleep Train Arena.
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“Our partnership with Panasonic will revolutionize how fans consume the game, giving them an unmatched viewing experience from the moment they walk into Golden 1 Center,” team Chairman Vivek Ranadive said in a prepared statement.
The team declined to say how expensive the board will be.
Golden 1’s larger-than-life scoreboard is in line with an arena that’s being built by a former software executive who remains obsessed with technology. Ranadive has vowed to dazzle Golden 1 attendees with high-tech gadgetry, including unmatched WiFi coverage. The Kings recently signed a deal with Comcast to ensure Golden 1 will be “the world’s most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue,” the team said.
The $507 million arena is set to open in October.
Golden 1’s video board will be emblematic of a trend toward bigger and bigger video screens at sports stadiums. AT&T Stadium, the six-year-old indoor home of the Dallas Cowboys, sports an overhead video board that’s 60 yards long.
In Sacramento’s new arena, the board will consume more than 6,100 square feet. The main screens will be 44 feet wide by 24 feet tall, crowned by 6-foot-tall message boards known as “ribbons.” The videos will broadcast in what is known as “4K ultra” high definition, the state of the art.
The Panasonic partnership goes beyond the overhead board. Two 25-feet-tall video screens will beam messages to fans as they walk through the arena’s main entrance, and another 600 high-def screens will broadcast the game to fans gathered in concourses, clubs and suites. Additional “ribbon” message boards will be installed throughout the arena bowl.