Canada: Hockey Arena Gets HD Video Wall

The Air Canada Center, home of NHL hockey’s Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA basketball’s Toronto Raptors, will receive what the teams say is a cutting-edge HD scoreboard and video wall for the arena in time for next year’s new seasons.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment said it will install a new 17-screen scoreboard featuring an HD wall that will include a four-sided “black package” LED main display. Mitsubishi Electric (soon to be Panasonic in both company name and brand) said it will deploy its Diamond Vision technology for the project. (Diamond Vision was installed a year ago at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and will be installed outdoors in the new Yankee Stadium in New York.)

The black-package LED, available on Panasonic’s 6mm, 4mm and 3mm displays, strives to achieve superior contrast and black levels (compared to current white-package LED). Black-packaged LED allows the chip to be virtually unnoticeable and blend into the black face of the display.

The HD video wall/scoreboard in Toronto will be operated from a “1080 HD source” control room inside the arena. Part of the scoreboard will include a 72-foot long circular display. The system is scheduled to be operational by early August.