T-Mobile Arena

Alpha Video Sports' Video Replay Control Room and IPTV System project at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is covered in Commercial Integrator Magazine.

Below are highlights from the article. The full article can be read at http://www.commercialintegrator.com/article/daktronics_alpha_video_help_...

Las Vegas has long been known as the entertainment capital of the world, so everyone knew when AEG and MGM Resorts International announced plans to open the $375 million T-Mobile Arena, it was going to be unique - and, of course, spectacular.

So it’s no surprise two of the biggest names in the integration world – Alpha Video Sports and Daktronics - wanted to be part of the project. Daktronics installed 25 video displays around the 650,000-square-foot T-Mobile Arena and Las Vegas’ first see-through display outside the building and Alpha Video built T-Mobile Arena’s video replay control room and IPTV system to the space that, at the time, didn’t have a team ready to call it its permanent home.

Four Daktronics displays fill the corners between the main displays of the center-hung scoreboard and measure 21 feet high by 6 feet wide. On the underside of the center-hung board, four displays measuring 7 feet high by 14 feet wide provide additional viewing opportunities for seats that are closer to the playing surface with supplemental content to the main displays.

Jeff Volk, VP of Alpha Video’s sports and entertainment group, says AEG and MGM upped their expectations in December in terms of what technology they wanted incorporated in the project. The shift from a more standard system to one that could handle an NHL or NBA tenant came in December, only 13 weeks before the deadline to complete the project. Typically, Alpha Video gets about 19 to 24 weeks for similar projects.

Two ribbon displays mounted to the seating fascia, four tunnel displays mounted above entrances to the seating area and six scorer’s tables positioned on the sidelines of the court provide opportunities to highlight sponsors throughout events as well as provide additional statistics and animations.

“It was a strategic way for us to increase our presence,” says Volk. “The ultimate benefit is it continues our position as one of the two or three best sports system integrators in the world. It attaches us to a marquee property in a marquee location. It’s a piece in what we hope will be more work in the western part of the U.S. There’s a lot of opportunity in that area.”

Although Volk didn’t know T-Mobile Arena would soon be home to an NHL team when Alpha Video got involved, “everyone had a sense this could be something big.” Alpha Video has installed systems in historic sports venues such as Fenway Park in Boston and Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., plus unique spots such as Marlins Park in Miami. He sees T-Mobile Arena as another example of a project that has “intangible marketing value.”

“One of our challenges with these kinds of projects is to continue to meet the demand of increased expectations, shorter deadlines and smaller budgets,” says Volk.