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.’’