COLUMBUS, OH—The National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets added a mini center-hung video display system to its players locker room at Nationwide Arena as part of a multiphase renovation led by general contractor Barton Malow Builders. The new feature includes four tight-pitch, curved, angled LED screens from SNA Displays’ BRILLIANT™ Interior line of display technology.
Built with high-resolution 1.25 mm pixel pitch LED screens, the new installation is essentially a miniature version of the scoreboards seen at the center of many sporting arenas. Each screen has a high-definition resolution of 1,080 pixels high by 1,920 pixels wide, giving the locker-room center-hung approximately 8.3 million total pixels.
The locker room is fully integrated with audio-visual elements. Each display can be controlled remotely and synced with the state-of-the-art sound system in the room.
The renovation phase of the stadium upgrade, described in Episode 2 of the Blue Jackets’ “Behind the Battle” video series as a “full-blown gut renovation” by Kevin Nowak, Senior Project Architect & Studio Leader for OSPORTS, was for the locker room and hydrotherapy areas.
SNA Displays worked with the locker room’s AV integrator, SoundCom, which built the rack, ran low-voltage cabling, and was contracted to install the LED center-hung. The installation team coordinated closely on dimensions, weights, and specifications with the center-hung frame fabricator, Jones Signs. Owner-representative Anthony James Partners provided consulting services throughout each phase of the project, while Osborn Engineering designed and oversaw the development of the center-hung structure of the display.
“We were really honored to work with such an amazing group of partners and clients for this project,” said Mikell Senger, project manager for SNA Displays. “The collaboration between Anthony James Partners, Barton Malow, Osborn Engineering, and all partners resulted in a wonderful, eye-catching space. The feedback from everyone has been extremely positive, and it’s no wonder considering how amazing the new locker room space is.”
ESPN The Magazine declared Nationwide Arena “the No. 2 stadium experience in professional sports,” while The Ultimate Sports Road Trip rated it the best arena in the NHL. The hockey rink anchors the Arena District, which includes shops, restaurants, hotels, the Express Live! concert venue, and Huntington Park, home to the Triple-A baseball team The Columbus Clippers. The venue design pairs a classic brick and stone veneer with high-tech LED boards, sweeping concourses, blue mood lighting, and modern amenities.
For a broader look at the locker room upgrade, visit NHL.com.
About SNA Displays
SNA Displays brings creative visions to life by building high-end digital displays as vivid and dynamic as the imagination. SNA Displays employs a team of SNAPros™—engineers, skilled project managers, systems experts, installation managers, and support staff—whose mission is total project satisfaction.
SNA Displays is headquartered in Times Square and has worked with clients to design and build some of the largest and most recognizable digital spectaculars in the world. Discover how Dreams Live Digitally® at snadisplays.com.
About Barton Malow
Barton Malow is one the premier sports builders in the country. In addition to athletic venues, Barton Malow focuses on commercial and institutional construction, specializing in building projects using innovative practices. Barton Malow builds Higher Education, K–12, Healthcare, Automotive, Energy, and Industrial projects throughout North America, Mexico and Canada. Learn more at bartonmalow.com.
About Anthony James Partners
Anthony James Partners (AJP) is an Owner’s Representative, AV Consultant and Design Consultant for professional sport franchise owners, higher education, venue management firms, A&E firms, and government. Visit anthonyjamespartners.com for more information.
Founded in 1974, SoundCom provides innovative design, seamless integration, installation, training and support services for audio, video, sound, communication, signage, broadcast and production systems. Our solutions incorporate a broad range of technologies that allow you to effectively communicate, collaborate, and engage staff members, colleagues, and the general public. Learn more at soundcom.net.
About Osborn Engineering
Osborn Engineering is an architectural and engineering firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1892, it is noted mostly for designing sports stadiums. For more information, visit osborn-eng.com.
About Jones Signs
Jones Sign has been providing industry-leading design, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of signage, lighting, and architectural elements to construction companies, design firms, national brands, and local customers since 1910. Today, we are known across the nation as the easy-to-work-with solutions provider. Learn more at jonessign.com.