The view from your seat in CenturyLink Center Omaha will soon be just about the best in the country — if you're checking out the action on the new, state-of-the art scoreboard.
Crews began taking down the arena's original center scoreboard Thursday. Over the next few weeks, they'll begin installing a replacement that will offer high-definition displays with better resolution than any other non-professional sports venue in the country.
Roger Dixon, president of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, said the $6 million upgrade, which also includes new ribbon display panels around the arena and a new control room, is among the most significant improvements to the 10-year-old facility.
He said the original scoreboard and equipment had begun to show its age.
"We had a commitment to the community that we would keep this facility up to date," he said. "And you've got to do that when the technology out there has surpassed what we had in here."
The new scoreboard weighs about the same as the old one (approximately 30,000 pounds) and it is taller but not as wide. Its four video displays are larger than their predecessors, each larger than a two-car garage door.
Another way to picture it: The surface area of the displays is equivalent to 330 large-screen TVs, or 7,200 iPads.
They will feature 4-millimeter pixel resolution, which MECA says is 2700 percent better than the old version.
"The resolution there will be unbelievable," Dixon said.
Work on the new scoreboard should be completed by July.
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