Eastlink Centre getting new scoreboard

Dave Stewart
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LED technology, scoring past 99 and multi-sport scoring will allow arena to host different sport tournaments

Island Storm guard Nick Okorie drives to the basket under the scoreboard at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown in this Guardian file photo.

The City of Charlottetown is spending $85,000 to replace the aging scoreboard at Eastlink Centre.

Council approved the expense at the city’s annual budget recently.

The city’s parks and recreation department indicates it is not able to source replacement parts for the scoreboard since the manufacturer that supplied the equipment no longer exists.

“The computer boards that need to be replaced have to be custom built at great expense,’’ the department said in a release.

“The old-style incandescent bulbs are expensive and are not energy-efficient or being produced anymore.’’

There are 3,000 bulbs on the existing scoreboard.

The department is going with LED technology on the new scoreboard, which it says will save energy and on maintenance costs.

In addition, the old scoreboard was only designed for hockey and with the arrival of the professional basketball Island Storm this past season a new scoreboard is needed to address the team’s needs, such as scoring over the 99-digit mark and posting team penalties.

The new multi-sport scoreboard will also allow the Eastlink Centre to host different sport tournaments.

It should be noted that the new scoreboard will not feature a replay screen. The arena will still use the four screens at each corner of the ice surface.

“We have received numerous complaints concerned the old scoreboard from our teams and patrons and the new one with its technology will create a positive experience for everyone involved with the centre.’’

 

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Organizations: Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Islanders Fan #2
    April 08, 2014 - 17:08

    I hope the new scoreboard will be similar to others that have arena speakers incorporated with it; instead of the present speaker system, which has inconsistent volume levels throughout the arena!

  • ISLANDERS FAN
    April 08, 2014 - 11:11

    So they are spending $85,000 on a new clock and maintaining the four video screens they have set up in the corner of the arena. Would it not make more sense to buy a clock with video screens to replace the four that are either you can't see or have to break your neck to see!!

    • nitpicker
      April 08, 2014 - 15:45

      I suspect the board you mention would be 3 times the cost.

    • Jackofalltrades
      April 08, 2014 - 17:14

      Where would you put it? The ceiling is probably too loo to have a scoreboard/clock with video screens