Year2019
DesignANC

Wells Fargo Center

Kinetic Center-Hung Scoreboard

As part of the arena’s 2020 transformation, the first-of-its-kind, kinetic center-hung scoreboard has been installed at the Wells Fargo Center. The scoreboard, designed by ANC and manufactured and engineered by TAIT, transforms, expands and compresses in a quick 40 seconds enhancing the fan experience and fully immersing Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers fans into the game like never before.

 

The kinetic center-hung scoreboard amplifies the fan experience with its massive 4k video display that shows gnarly pre-game content and also brings the game and players’ statistics closer to the audience than ever before.

Kinetic Center-Hung Scoreboard
Kinetic Center-Hung Scoreboard

Weighing in at 90,000 pounds, the entire scoreboard is made up of three individual elements:

  1. The Header: The header is located at the top of the scoreboard and is surrounded by LED screens. It acts as the brains of the entire system and houses TAIT Navigator hardware products, cables and pick points.
  2. The Center-Hung: The main hour glass-shaped scoreboard features two center video screens and two horn-shaped video screens. When fully closed (at 36 ft. long x 23 ft. wide), the center video screens compact together and live inside the two horn-shaped video screens. When fully open (at 57 ft. long x 23 ft. wide), the two horn-shaped video screens expand to reveal the center video screens.
  3. The Crown Trusses: Complementing both sides of the scoreboard are two 65 ft. long crown trusses that each weigh roughly 12,000 lbs. The crown trusses are also surrounded with LED screens and feature different lighting, pyro and cryo effects. To support the crown trusses, 6 Big Tow Winches are installed into the arena’s catwalk and are attached to each crown truss. On TAIT Navigator’s cue, the crown trusses move up/down and travel at 4 ft. per second to run from their highest position (at the top of the scoreboard) to their lowest position (just above the arena floor) in a matter of 30 seconds.
Fun Fact: To ensure the safety and functionality of the scoreboard, TAIT Navigator monitors the positions of all moving elements 250 times per second.

In order to achieve the seamless video display as the scoreboard transforms, TAIT Navigator cues each element to move into position within a third of a millimeter (which is about the same thickness as 4 sheets of paper). Additionally, TAIT Navigator syncs with the arena’s lighting and video systems to conduct pre-programmed show sequences.

The end-result of this project is a culmination of ANC’s expertise in experiential design and technology implementation and TAIT’s creative engineering and manufacturing skill sets.

Kinetic Center-Hung Scoreboard

“It is an honor to have our team be part of this innovative undertaking that delivers a stunning visual spectacular. This technological advancement will have a major impact on the game experience.”
– James ‘Winky’ Fairorth, President & CEO at TAIT.

Kinetic Center-Hung Scoreboard Controls Integrator
Controls Integrator