Since Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place opened as The Palladium on January 15, 1996, a lot has changed: a President’s Trophy in 2003, an Eastern Conference Title in 2007, the host site of the NHL Draft in 2008, and the venue of the knockout round of the IIHF World Junior championship in 2009. Scotiabank Place did install LED Ribbon Boards, but for 15 years, the constant was the Sony Jumbotron scoreboard. It was revolutionary for its time, but in the age of 1080p HDTV, what Scotiabank Place had is now pretty much out-of-date.
According to Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. The Bell HD Screen will be among the one of the best scoreboards in the NHL. After last night’s Sens-Panthers game, the old scoreboard will be dismantled. Then the 4 primary 1080p HD screens will be installed inside The Bank and will be operational by their next home game next Wednesday vs. the Montréal Canadiens. By the time the installation of the scoreboard will be complete, which will be prior to the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on January 28, The Bell HD Screen will have 2170 square feet of viewing space, over 7 times bigger than old scoreboard. Happy 20th Birthday, Sens Army!