1.2 mm–10 mm
Some in-bowl signage not provided by SNA Displays.
Nationwide Arena's Digital Display Network
SNA Displays manufactured a massive LED video display network for the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets for the multiphase renovation to Nationwide Arena led by general contractor Barton Malow Builders. The hockey rink anchors the Arena District, an entertainment destination venue that includes shops, restaurants, hotels, the Express Live! concert venue, and Huntington Park, home to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The arena’s design pairs a classic brick and stone veneer with high-tech LED boards, sweeping concourses, blue mood lighting, and modern amenities.
|Display (Qty)||Pixel Pitch||Product||Size||Resolution|
|Locker Room Center Hung||1.2 mm||BRILLIANT™ Interior||4'15" x 7'10"||1,080 x 1,920|
|Press Room||1.5 mm||BRILLIANT™ Interior||5'11" x 10'6"||1,152 x 2,048|
|Hallway "Waterfall"||1.5 mm||BRILLIANT™ Interior||Varies||Varies|
|West Entrance (2)||3.9 mm||EMPIRE™ Exterior||2'6" x 27'11"||192 x 2,176|
|East Entrance (3)||3.9 mm||EMPIRE™ Exterior||2'6" x 14'9"||192 x 1,152|
|West Endzone Ribbon (Stepped)||10 mm||BOLD™ Interior||3'2" x 21'||96 x 640|
|Party Tower Lower Fan Zone (2)||10 mm||BOLD™ Interior||5'6" x 19'11"||168 x 608|
|Lower Vomitories (19)||4 mm||BOLD™ Interior||Varies||Varies|
|Upper Vomitories (18)||4 mm||BOLD™ Interior||Varies||Varies|
|Player Tunnels (2)||4 mm||BOLD™ Interior||2'4" x 4'9"||180 x 360|
|Zamboni Entrance||4 mm||BOLD™ Interior||2'4" x 10'||180 x 765|
Phase 1 of digital upgrades to the Nationwide Arena involved replacing more than four dozen static signs within the arena bowl with 1,300 square feet of BOLD™ Interior LED video display technology and adding new EMPIRE™ Exterior digital signage at the east and west entrances.
One key feature of the retrofit is the introduction of completely removable LED displays for the player tunnels. The digital screens are designed to be easily and frequently taken down during event transitions at the arena.
American Interstate Signcrafters provided installation services for the digital signage retrofit and new digital displays.
The locker room LED display, which was the first major part of Nationwide Arena's renovation plan, showcases SNA Displays’ BRILLIANT™ Interior line of display technology.
Described as a miniature version of the scoreboards seen overlooking many sporting venues, the center-hung video display system features four 1.25 mm convex LED screens. Each 4'5" x 7'10" screen has a high-definition resolution of 1,080 pixels high by 1,920 pixels wide, totaling approximately 8.3 million pixels.
The locker room is fully integrated with AV elements, allowing each display to be operated remotely and synchronized with the room’s advanced sound system.
SNA Displays worked with AV integrator SoundCom, which built the rack, ran low-voltage cabling, and installed the LED center-hung. The installation team coordinated closely on dimensions, weights, and specifications with the center-hung frame fabricator, Jones Signs. Owner-representative Anthony James Partners provided consultation services during each phase of the project, while Osborn Engineering designed and oversaw the development of the center-hung structure.
For more information, visit the Blue Jackets’ locker room news release.
Press Room and Hallway
SNA Displays provided two BRILLIANT™ Interior LED displays as part of the continued revamping of the Columbus Blue Jacket's locker-room facilities: a press room video wall and a hallway entrance display. The two LED screens will be used for media events before and after each home game.
The press room LED video wall is a 1.56 mm wall-mounted digital display that measures approximately 6' tall and 10'6" wide. It processes approximately 2.4 million pixels.
The “waterfall” entrance display is a triple-faced, custom-fabricated LED screen set into the corner of a hallway leading to the locker rooms. It stands just over 11 feet at its tallest section and 5'3" at its widest, processing approximately 5.3 million total pixels.
SoundCom installed both LED displays. This is also the first integration of ~sedna media playback technology into the arena.
Sports And Entertainment
Mixed-use venues are increasingly turning to digital display technologies that offer the ultimate spectator experience. Many of these state-of-the-art entertainment destinations have even become an integral part of the ambiance in their district, such as L.A. Live!
Sports arenas employ direct-view LED technology for scoreboards, in-house big-screen game broadcasts, VIP lounges, concourse displays, and more. In fact, modern sports stadiums are using digital display technology to evolve into multi-purpose entertainment complexes. Direct-view LEDs are spreading from the arenas themselves to parking structures and sidewalk kiosks to serve varied purposes, from ads and sponsorships to wayfinding and even directing traffic patterns. Digital displays capable of ultra-high definition, eye-catching content attract crowds and drive revenue to local establishments before, during, and after games.
As these LED displays entice, electrify, and entertain crowds, they also broadcast important information, generate revenue opportunities, and increase overall audience engagement.
About Nationwide Arena
Nationwide Arena - home of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets - is a multi-purpose entertainment facility. The flexible venue hosts concerts, family shows, ice shows, NCAA Championships, flat shows, and corporate meetings. Located on the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and Front Street in downtown Columbus, Nationwide Arena is the centerpiece of the downtown Arena District featuring an exciting mixture of restaurants, business, entertainment, and residential space that attracts visitors from across the country. To learn more or see the events calendar, go to nationwidearena.com.