The University at Buffalo is making significant upgrades to Alumni Arena that will include the addition of a video scoreboard.
Officials said the enhancements include sound and lighting systems as well the installation of a new video and scoring system.
The project is a joint effort between UB Facilities, Planning & Design and the Division of Athletics with funding provided by the university's critical maintenance fund and private dollars. UB said the athletics department has invested $2.4 million for the video board, scoreboards, courtside tables and control room which was financed through the UB Foundation using private dollars.
The first phase of the project included structural reinforcement of the arena, which was designed by DiDonato and Associates.
The second phase of the project included the installation of the state-of-the art sound and lighting systems. The sound system was designed by Acoustic Dimensions and features both athletic and special event set-ups with speaker clusters, new amplifiers and acoustical panels. The lighting system was designed by Lighting Dimensions and includes various types of lighting elements that will dramatically increase the candle power, environmental efficiency, and cost less to operate than the previous system, UB said in a news release.
The third phase involved the addition of an integrated video and scoring system designed by Daktronics. The new four-sided, center-hung LED display will provide live video, instant replays, and animations. The displays measure 8-feet high and 14-feet wide and will be accompanied by an LED ring underneath which measures 3-feet high and 52-feet in diameter. Rounding out the scoring system will be new fixed-digit displays in both end-zones and seventy feet of LED scorer's tables at court level. A control room is currently being designed by Sports Display Systems and Audio-Video Corporation to support the new technology.
The new scorer's tables and end-boards will be up and running for the men's basketball home opener on Nov. 11 versus Saint Peters. The center-hung display will debut at the men's basketball game on Jan. 7 against Mid-American Conference rival Kent State. The videoboards at either end of the arena have already been used for volleyball matches this fall.
Wendel Duchscherer is the architect of record with Encompass Management overseeing the project management.