Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Upgrades Fan Experience with New Videoboards From Watchfire

DANVILLE, Ill., May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Watchfire, a leading provider of exterior and interior LED scoreboards, was selected by the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to provide 10 videoboards as part of a modernization of the facility’s scoreboards and sound systems. Click to tweet.

The 6,000-seat hockey arena, named in honor of former St. Cloud State University and U.S. Olympic coach Herb Brooks, is home to St. Cloud State University’s Huskies men’s and women’s ice hockey Division I teams, is used for student recreation activities, and hosts nearby St. John’s University men’s hockey home games.

The facility has undergone several modernizations recently, including a major expansion in 2013 and a strength and conditioning center in 2019. The upgraded Watchfire videoboards and sound system complete the modernization plan for the facility, which opened in 1990.

“Both of our St. Cloud State hockey programs compete at elite levels and we wanted a facility that reflected this,” said Andrew Melroe, assistant athletics director for strategic communications at St. Cloud State University. “Our old electronic displays really limited what we were able to show during games, and even high-quality videos looked grainy on the old boards. The fan experience really suffered.”

The new videoboards deliver a truly digital experience to the venue. They include two massive 15’x44’ high-resolution displays located behind the goals, a 3’x11’ two-sided centerhung display, and six 2’x11’ vomitory displays above the facility’s entrances.

“St. Cloud State has created an immersive experience for fans and players. Watchfire is honored to be part of this new legacy,” said Bob Ferrulo, Watchfire Sports Market Director. “The videoboard looks fantastic and we welcome the opportunity to support SCSU and this project for years to come."

The large videoboards behind the goals replaced old fixed-digit scoreboards. The new state-of-the-art videoboards are easily zoned to include game video in the center, areas for sponsors and ads flanking the video, and a banner of game information and stats at the bottom. During pre-game, the boards promote upcoming events, run sponsor ads, and showcase hype videos of athletes as they enter the rink. The videoboards have wide viewing angles, providing exceptional sight lines to every seat for live video and instant replays.

The vomitory displays are used for sponsor recognition and are highly visual during games and as spectators exit the venue, allowing the facility to bring in additional sponsorship revenue. The centerhung display adds energy above the rink, showcasing school logos, scores, time, and penalty information. They are aligned with the suite seating level, providing a premium experience for fans and corporate outings.

The upgraded audio system includes speakers strategically placed at the rink, lower bleacher, and upper bleacher levels.

“Our new videoboards and sound system put us on an equal footing with other facilities,” said Melroe, who noted that recruits are excited to see the videoboards when they visit the facility. “It certainly doesn’t hurt with recruiting,” he said.

Husky Productions, a student-run production group, creates the content for games and operates the videoboards.

Now that the new displays have been through a hockey season, the venue is looking for new ways to use the videoboards. “Events like graduation and smaller conferences and meetings are all possibilities for what we can offer the community outside of hockey,” said Melroe. “The new boards have been a wonderful addition to the facility.”

About Watchfire
Watchfire designs and engineers the best-looking, most durable outdoor LED signs, indoor displays, digital billboards, and video scoreboards, which help businesses and organizations communicate effectively, increase visibility and drive growth. Headquartered in Danville, Ill., Watchfire has manufactured electric signs for 90 years and LED signs since 1998, using meticulously sourced components from around the world. Watchfire has more than 65,000 LED signs in operation worldwide and has more digital billboard customers in the U.S. than any other brand. For information, go to https://www.watchfiresigns.com.

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