TAIT to build Kinetic 4K scoreboard for Flyers, 76ers

By on February 13, 2019

By Pat Burns

Lititz-based TAIT is helping build the “world’s most technologically advanced scoreboard” that will be installed at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Comcast Spectacor announced Monday that TAIT is contracted to help construct a sophisticated, first-ever, Kinetic 4K, center-hung entertainment system.

James “Winky” Fairorth, TAIT’s president and chief executive, said the company would work on testing the scoreboard at its Lititz facilities.
The scoreboard is scheduled to be installed in time for the Philadelphia’s Flyers’ and 76ers’ 2019-2020 season.

“It is an honor to have our team be part of this innovative undertaking that delivers a stunning visual spectacular,” Fairorth, said in a press release. “This technological advancement will have a major impact on the game experience.”

The new Kinetic 4K system features 65 percent more LED screen space than the Wells Fargo Center’s current model and has the ability to transform and configure in a variety of formats.

TAIT is fabricating the scoreboard to retract into an existing compartment in the roof and it won’t interfere with sight lines for other events at Wells Fargo Center, the nation’s fourth-busiest arena.

Comcast Spectacor also contracted with ANC, which provides video displays and digital signage for arenas and stadiums, in creating the $15 million scoreboard.

Courtesy Comcast Spectacor

ANC provides integrated signage, design, and marketing solutions to sports, entertainment, retail, and transportation facilities.

TAIT, which designs touring sets for acts such as Justin Tmberlake, U2, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson, said 50 to 100 people will work on the unit over several months.

Complementing the center-hung display are two massive crown trusses designed to create a captivating experience with multi-directional movement.

Never before has an arena scoreboard had the ability to extend and compress 4mm LED technology in such an adaptive manner,” according to the Comcast Spectacor release.

The new in-arena entertainment system is a headliner within the next phase of the Wells Fargo Center’s multi-year “Transformation 2020” initiative, a $250 million multi-year transformation of the arena that began in 2017.

The next chapter of advancements embody the largest investment in the arena to date and will provide significant upgrades to multiple levels of the venue.

Comcast Spectacor said details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Patrick Burns is news editor of the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 717- 721-4455. 

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