You still cannot host live supporting events in your living room yet, but the Denver Nuggets are now offering a pretty appealing alternative: bringing your living room to the arena.
Workers at the Pepsi Center, home to both the Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche, have been revamping the arena's audio and video offerings over the last two years.
They were two years very well spent.
The result of that work is a brilliant big screen that would leave even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones impressed.
According to Nuggets.com's Aaron J. Lopez, the scoreboard has a true 16-to-9 aspect ratio with full 1080p HD video quality. The mammoth machine has a surface area of more than 4,400 square feet, spanning from three-point line to three-point line for Nuggets games, and blue line to blue line for the Avalanche games.
Nuggets president Josh Kroenke told Lopez on Thursday:
Anyone who steps into the arena, their eyes are immediately going to go up to that screen. I think our fans are going to be pleasantly surprised when they come to Pepsi Center next year to see how that thing operates. It’s going to be amazing.
Along with the new Jumbotron, the Nuggets also installed an accompanying 412,000-watt sound system to give fans all of the comforts they enjoy while watching the game from home.
Tim Romani, president and CEO of ICON Venue Group (the company that managed this project), told Lopez the goal was to maximize the arena's enjoyment level and offer fans something they can't get anywhere else:
This is all about the fan experience. When you're talking about fan experience, it's not necessarily what you saw or what you heard—it's what you felt emotionally. These are the kinds of pieces that bring people back to the building.
Fans in the cheap seats can have a crystal clear view of the action and feel the passion inside the building. Even those in the premium seats can take advantage of the live stats and dynamic replays that the big screen will run.
Bigger is always better. And now in the basketball and hockey worlds, no one does it bigger than Denver.