Utah Jazz: Massive, state-of-the-art scoreboard part of $15 million arena renovation
Rigby said Jazz coaches and players are excited about the changes, which will make 19,911-seat ESA, the NBA's seventh-oldest arena, a much more exciting atmosphere from a visual and audio standpoint.
"With these visual and audio improvements," Miller Sports Properties COO Jim Olson said, "we believe EnergySolutions Arena will continue to attract marquee concerts, shows and sporting events that contribute to the economic vitality and enhance of the quality of life in this region.”
The Millers are excited to partner with a local company for this project.
"It means jobs will stay in Utah," he said.
"The opportunity to partner with (the Miller family) to provide a state-of-the-art video system for EnergySolutions Arena is a dream come true," YESCO vice president Ryan Young said.
Jeff Young, YESCO's chief marketing officer, proudly announced that the ESA's scoreboard and all of the technology put into it has been "designed, engineered and manufactured" in Utah.
"This is the best sign system display technology in the world," he added.
One example of the scoreboard's capabilities: The screens will refresh 200 times faster than most new household TVs.
Jokingly asked what ESA's new energy bill will be, the point was made by Young that this LED technology is "very, very energy efficient" and especially compared to the old scoreboard. It will have a much brighter display with a lower comparative energy output.
Though Miller didn't specify how much the negotiated price of the new scoreboard, he said the organization "will spend more on the LED package than we spent on the first half of the Utah Jazz." Miller pointed out that ticket prices will be dictated by "market demands" and "won't be contingent on this project."
And the old JumboTron?
The organization is looking into finding a way to repurpose it if possible.
Perhaps you could let them know if you have a room small enough to hold it in your basement.
By the way, the artist's rendition of the completed project — with a monster-size Derrick Favors making a move on the huge screen — included a mountain landscape along the sides of the court. That, Rigby said with a smile, will not become part of the changes made in the arena this offseason.
Rigby also smiled when asked if free-agents-to-be Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap will be with the Jazz to enjoy the upgrades next season, politely deferring the answer until July.
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