Focus Groups to Discuss “In-Game Entertainment” For Caps Games

The New Jersey Devils debut their state of the art ice level video projection system in their home opener against the San Jose Sharks on October 18, 2014 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Monumental Sports is holding two focus group sessions next week to solicit comments and suggestions regarding “in-game” entertainment.  (It should be noted upfront that attendance is through invite only).  For me personally, I’m glad to hear that Monumental Sports is doing this, and hopefully some great ideas and positive change will come from these focus group meetings.  Although I was not fortunate enough to get an invite, I thought I would create my own grocery list.  Today’s entry will focus’ on HD video projection systems.

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The Verizon Center has fallen behind a bit with regards to technology.  A prime example is the absence of an HD video projection system, which has been installed in quite a few of the NHL arenas already.  I’m sure you’ve seen these, they project movie quality imagery on the ice, primarily before games.  It’s not that this is a critical need, however because many other arenas have already implemented these systems, it leaves one thinking Verizon Center is falling behind the times.  Examples of the new technology already implemented at more than 10 areas are provided in the following videos.

Toronto

Chicago

Calgary

New Jersey

I think you get the point. Yes these systems are expensive, yet lesser markets have already implemented.  A/V magicians pulling the strings are for several of the systems noted above are from Quince Imaging, a video-production team based in Washington, D.C. Quince has designed and installed on-ice and on-court projection systems for the New Jersey Devils, Cleveland Cavaliers, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia 76ers, and Atlanta Hawks.  An article from Wired Magazine sheds additional light on these systems.

Other topics for the focus groups will include in-game music, sound system and sound levels and other “in-game” features. Stay tuned.

What are your thoughts on the In-Game Experience at Verizon Center?

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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1 Response to Focus Groups to Discuss “In-Game Entertainment” For Caps Games

  1. Harrison Hasenpusch says:

    The capitals definitely need this, especially since Quince Imaging’s headquarters is in DC!!!

    The capitals intros in the past have been great. I’m just getting a little tired of seeing the same old spotlights fluttering around the arena.

    An on ice HD video projection system is a definite must for the Verizon Center.

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