Nearly 1000 square meters of the Daktronics-manufactured LED equipment will be deployed to renovate FedExForum, a home arena of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. The installation, which includes 24 displays totally, will be ready by the start of 2017-2018 season, the press release said.
“There's a lot of behind-the-scenes investment, but there is also a lot of fan-facing investment that needs to take place,” – said Jason Wexler, Grizzlies President of Business Operations. “The technology evolves, and FedExForum was the last standard-definition (arena) in the NBA. And standard-definition, obviously, doesn't cut it anymore. Part of why you want to maintain FedExForum as a first-rate facility is because you want to have a first-rate fan experience. This is a huge step in that direction.”
The key element of a video system will be a unique LED cube made of a single continuous screen wrapped around the corners of the center-hung structure. Measuring 5m high by 47.5m in circumference the center piece will have a 6mm line spacing and a total area 240 square meters of LED digital space. Underneath it will have two displays of 3.2m high by 4.4m facing the sidelines for better visibility.
Due to a variable content zoning, the center hung video system will be able to show content both as one large image and have it split into several images to display in multiple windows.
The video system will be enhanced with four auxiliary displays of 6m high by 11.4m wide installed in the corners of FedExForum. The displays will feature 15mm pixel pitch.
Apart from this, the upper and lower seating fascia will be fitted out with two 360-degree ribbon displays of 0.6m high; the upper ribbon will be 295m long and the lower one 178m long.
Three tunnel displays, an indoor ticketing display, five scorer's tables and four basket stanchion displays will also be installed inside the arena within the project.