Toronto. Chicago. Detroit. Half of the NHL original six play in venues equipped with OES Scoreboards technologies.
While we’re proud of all of our work supporting these legendary teams, our most recent installation will literally go down in history. Despite its impending demolition, Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena was in dire need of a scoreboard upgrade to improve the fan experience until the Red Wings move to their new home in 2017. So, upgrade we did.
OES designed and installed new digits to retrofit The Joe’s existing 4-sided centre hung structure, updating and upgrading the function and visibility of the board. Brilliant all-white LEDs show off the scores and stats with crystal clear visibility, and the arena’s advantageous sight lines all but guarantee there won’t be a bad seat in the house. Well, except maybe the penalty box (although the updated scoreboard looks great from there, too).
Fans may be counting the days until Detroit’s new facility opens in 2017, but providing them with an immersive game experience until then is still a top priority – not only in person, but also to connect with fans cheering on their team from home. To complete the retrofit, OES Scoreboards supplied the arena with controllers and distribution capabilities that allow them to provide a feed to their broadcast partners and required statistical data to the NHL. Those stats in the on-screen graphic during a Red Wings game broadcast? Brought to you by OES.
It’s not often we complete an installation with such a clearly defined expiry date. But knowing that OES is now a part of the Joe Louis Arena’s illustrious history will make watching it come down a little easier when the Red Wings begin their next era at the spectacular new arena in Woodward Square.
The center-hung scoreboard at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena gets an OES facelift (September 2015):