Mitsubishi Electric has been chosen by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to supply and install a breathtaking new 17-screen high-definition scoreboard and display system at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs ice-hockey team and the Toronto Raptors basketball team. Combining multi-sided and linear displays, the new cutting-edge Diamond Vision™ system will provide the Air Canada Centre with the most advanced video displays of any arena in Canada.
The centrepiece of the centre-hung scoreboard display will a four-sided 6mm “Black Package” Diamond Vision screen. The Air Canada Centre system will be the first in the NHL/NBA market to feature Black Package LED technology. Now available on Mitsubishi Electric’s 6mm, 4mm and 3mm displays, Black Package provides superior contrast and black levels over conventional white packaged LEDs; its special black construction allowing the LED chip to blend virtually unnoticeably into the black face of the display.
“The black package LED represents the most cutting-edge technology available for indoor display systems,” said Elan Azar, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Sales, Canada’s Display & Imaging Solutions Division. “Mitsubishi installed the first high-definition LED display in the arena market at TD Banknorth Garden in 2006, and the first 6mm high-definition LED display in 2007 at the Verizon Center. We are very excited to introduce this latest technological advance to the arena marketplace by installing the first 6mm black package LED Displays right here in Toronto, at a world-class facility such as Air Canada Centre.”
“This installation confirms once again Mitsubishi Electric’s reputation for quality, performance and proven reliability in arena display technology. The Diamond Vision system continues to lead the technology curve and set the standards in the arena marketplace,” noted Azar.
The selection of Diamond Vision came after exhaustive research by MLSE officials, who compared the displays in use at numerous arenas throughout North America before selecting the Mitsubishi Electric product. “Of the systems we saw, the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision boards were consistently superior in uniformity and reliability,” said Dwayne Brown, technical producer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Plus, being able to showcase the black package LED is particularly exciting given Air Canada Centre’s status as a world-class facility.”
The 6mm main displays will utilise Mitsubishi Electric’s state-of-the-art Digital Screen Controller, driven by a high-definition 1080 HD source from Air Canada Centre’s new 1080 high-definition control room. In addition to the black package 6mm main video displays, Mitsubishi Electric is using 10mm display technology for additional eight-sided upper displays and four-sided scoring displays, as well as a 22m long circular ring. Mitsubishi Electric is also supplying a new integrated scoring system consisting of all new shot clocks and ANC’s state-of-the-art VisionSOFT control system.
“After extensive research and reviewing several installations in different venues, Mitsubishi proved to be the clear winner in the large screen display industry with their technology, quality and price,” said Curt Emerson, manager of venue services and content deployment for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We are very excited to debut our new high-definition Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video display at Air Canada Centre this fall.”
Toronto fans can expect the new display system to be competed by August 1, 2008 in time for the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons.