Home ofPenn's men's and women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, The Palestra will open the 2011-12 NCAA season with advanced technology which preserves the venue's historic identity while providing fans with detailed information and real-time statistics.
"We are not changing the traditional atmosphere of the venue, rather bringing generations together with the ability to connect teams of yesterday with today's teams within the arena's bowl," said Penn's Athletic Director, Steve Bilsky. "We are being extremely careful to enhance the game-day environment while not disturbing the integrity of The Palestra, including using technology that is capable of creating a nostalgic feel."
ANC's unique VisionSOFTTM operating system will enable the displays to mimic the look of the current fixed digit scoreboards, feature in-depth statistical analysis, or dissolve into full-motion video of memorable events which make up The Palestra's storied history. The patented software is also capable of creating the appeal of an old manually turned scoreboard, a unique feature which enabled the Seattle Mariners' out-of-town scoreboard to be named the best in Major League Baseball by ESPN.com.
The new video system will consist of two Diamond Vision video screens at either end of the venue, positioned in the same area as the current scoreboards. The East wall will feature the larger of the two video displays, measuring 16' high by 28' wide, while a 3' high by 24' wide video strip and new fixed-digit scoreboard measuring 6' high by 24' wide will be introduced to the West wall.
"ANC is proud to be a part of the renovation of one of the most famous arenas in sports," said Jerry Cifarelli, president and chief executive officer of ANC Sports Enterprises. "We look forward to introducing technology which will help extend the lifetime of The Palestra by incorporating new fan features while preserving the venue's historic atmosphere."
Not foreign to innovation, The Palestra was one of the first arenas in the United States to be constructed without interior pillars blocking the view. The latest video system renovation will actually improve sightlines for fans with the addition of new see-through shot clocks on top of each backboard.
The new video displays will be able to interface with the DLP® Digital Courtside Signage System, which ANC installed at The Palestra during the 2010-11 season. Through the partnership with the University, ANC will operate the entire signage system during all events while creating statistical templates, sponsor acknowledgements, and team graphics to be featured on the displays.
About ANC Sports
ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC, is the industry leader in team and venue services, providing integrated signage, design, and marketing solutions for sports and commercial facilities. ANC Sports and its divisions: ANC Technologies, ANC Design, and ANC Marketing, offer Light Emitting Diode (LED), rotational and fixed visual displays; advanced media control systems; signage operation and maintenance; advertising sales and marketing consultation; graphic design; and printing production. ANC Sports provides signage solutions for 200 plus venues/stadiums in North America. For more information on ANC Sports, please visit its web site at www.ancsports.com.