New Score Clock Arrives
Prince George, B.C. – Like a kid on Christmas morning, work crews are busy assembling the newly purchased score clock at CN Centre this week.
“It feels like Christmas morning when you’ve bought your kid the most complicated toy on Earth and now you have to assemble it and you’re scratching your head saying why did we do this?” quips Andy Beesley, the Cougars vice president, business.
“There’s a crew that’s been hired to put this together, it’s a very sophisticated, state-of-the-art system so there’s an entire crew that’s flown in from the Lower Mainland, even Portland and other parts of Canada.”
He says the plan is to have the clock assembled and functional this weekend before the second layer of work begins next week.
“Where we have to program in every little thing that you see on the screen. Every graphic, every picture, every special effect. We have to custom make it and put it into the system.
He says the team anticipates the clock will be ready for the home opener a week tonight versus Kelowna.
“And as the season progresses we’ll continue to add elements and make it more and more entertaining for the fans.”
The City of Prince George’s share of the cost for the clock is $546,000 while the Cougars are paying for all the bells and whistles. Beesley says the final price tag comes in at around three-quarters of a million dollars.
He says it’s worth it though.
“Well the reality was the old score clock was more or less dead. So this provides something that fans in this modern day of sports entertainment, have come to expect.
“They want a first class show. It’s going to be like watching a giant TV and being able to watch the replays. We’ve built in additional camera angles for replays of goals. We also have a much more sophisticated ability to get close-ups of dancing kids and people having fun in the stands.”