Obstructed View - Barclays Center

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Here are some of the beautiful views fans can expect when the Islanders move to the Barclays Center. Keep in mind there are plenty of great views around the arena, but I do find it odd that the NHL would allow them to play in this arena without some major reconstruction of the seating bowl. Takes me back to the Coyotes in America West Arena.

Even The Scoreboard Was A No-Show

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Actually the scoreboard just wasn't ready for the Florida Panthers preseason home opener, and neither were the fans! It was a dreadful turnout for the Panthers first game back  at the BB&T Center. Although it was a Monday afternoon game, I have never seen a less attended game in the modern NHL era. Worse yet, I have seen bigger crowds for our local Mizzou college hockey team which has very few fans, even here in its hometown of Columbia.

Of course you can't base the team's status on one preseason game, especially a weekday afternoon game, however it does have to throw up a caution flag in the team offices regarding the future outlook.

2013 to 2014 NHL Ice Changes

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Here we go for another year of comparing the new ice designs to the old ones. This could get ugly!

Anaheim did a nice job with the anniversary logo, but the red line is perhaps the worst use of their primary logo. Perhaps what is most aggravating to me about the red line is that last year they had a very unique design. Why on earth did they think they needed to be like everyone else, and use the Ducks's D in the line which looks awful. Bad Call

Boston had the perfect ice last year. After years of toying with new red line designs, I thought they had finally found the pattern that looked best with their primary logo. Just plain solid red. Though I am not surprised to see them change up the red line yet again, I am more than disappointed with their choice of unoriginal designs. The Bruins logo has appeared on the red line before. It didn't work then; it doesn't work now. Bad Call

Carolina's red line the past several seasons has matched the bottom of their jerseys. A black squares that represent a hurricane warning flag. This summer they unveiled brand new jerseys that replaced those squares with stripes. It appears that once again the red line will match the jerseys as they have switched to a long white stripe down the center of the line. I always wondered how they were ever allowed to use black in their red line. Though it was unique and quite clever, I was never a fan of how it simply made the red line appear darker on TV without really giving a good view of the design. The new red line is fresh, clean, and original. Good Call

Chicago changed their center ice this year. No really, they did. Okay, so just slight changes to the red line. Its hardly worth mentioning but I have to wonder if the subtle change had anything to do with making it easier to see the center dot. Or perhaps someone just didn't know what they were doing. I have no preference either way. No Call

Dallas had nowhere to go but up in my opinion. The anniversary logo wasn't much better than their old primary logo. This year they have a new logo, and a re-branded arena logo which gives the center ice a much cleaner look. Good Call

Florida is sporting a new anniversary logo this season, and though I usually do not like anniversary logos on ice... this one is pretty sharp. It's still not as pleasing to the eye as the large panther though. I prefer their diamond red line but at least they did not put tiny panther logos up and down the line. Whatever happened to the paw prints in the red line. That was also from a time where it wasn't cool to slap logos in the red line. I think its time for the return of the paw prints. Bad Call

Los Angeles is probably going to spark some debate on here. We all expected them to go with this new design back when the "home plate" logo became their primary mark. That did not happen and the rumors were going around that it was because of the difficulty it would create in tracking the puck over center ice. Well if that was the problem at the time, it apparently is not a concern any longer. Personally I liked the old crown at center ice. The home plate is sort of an eye sore. I look forward to hearing from the fans on this one! Nervously I type... Bad Call

New Jersey has had several variations of red line designs in their history. Surprisingly they all involve similar sized and spaced boxes. I have no idea why they keep tweaking them. I think it looked better last year though. Bad Call

Ottawa has a new arena name to show off at center ice this year. Not sure if I like the font or the layout as well as Scotiabank Place. The layout of the text last year seemed to fit the shape of the primary logo and help balance things out. This is a tough one for me... Bad Call

San Jose also got a new arena name, but it sure didn't change the look at center ice much. Not much at all. I think the new look might be just a bit more pleasing to the eye, but the name is not music to the ears. No Call

Tampa Bay has shed its anniversary logo this season to go back to it's primary logo which has not seen that much time on ice since it came into existence. Its not my favorite logo by any means, but it's simplicity is starting to grow on me. It is certainly refreshing to see it back at center ice. Good Call

Vancouver forgot to put their long time faithful red line design in last year. Or perhaps they just didn't bother since at the time the ice went in, they didn't even know if there would be a season at all. This year the diagonal pattern is back and looks as good as ever. Good Call

Now that you have heard my thoughts on the changes, please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts for the community!

Panthers Scoreboard Under Construction

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@ShannonKB41 tweeted a photo of the ice being made. Above it hangs the partially constructed scoreboard.

UPDATE: Construction has begun on the frame for the new BB&T Center Scoreboard. The scoreboard will be ready in time for the Panthers home opener.

It's an announcement that Florida fans probably thought would never come. The Broward County Commission has voted to fund the new scoreboard which will be unveiled at the Panthers home opener for their 20th anniversary season this fall. That also opens up speculation about an anniversary logo at center ice but we will save that for another day.  The photo attached is a rendering of what they are planning however at this point a vender has not been selected.

Saddledome Recovery Right On Track

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UPDATE: 9/4/2013

After a devastating flood, it is amazing to think that the Saddledome will be ready to go for the start of the NHL season. Here is a photo of the inside progress. Notice they have installed the new boards, glass and risers for the first several rows of seats.

Photo via instagram by tj344

Pepsi Center Gets New Scoreboard

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Photo update: 9/3/13: 
Photo by @TheAvsInsider

Update 8/29/13: Scoreboard has been turned on and is looking sharp, not to mention huge!

Update 8/22/13: New photo of the scoreboard. It looks like its almost done!
Photo by @dmac1043

Update 8/12/13: The new scoreboard is well under construction

Photo tweeted by team PA Annoucer Conor McGahey

UPDATE 7/15/13: The old scoreboard is coming down. The Avalanche tweeted this photo today from Pepsi Center

Original Story:
The team released this rendering of the new scoreboard that is currently being installed. The new scoreboard will be manufactured and installed by Daktronics of Brookings, SD, and will feature one of the largest square footage viewing areas of any indoor scoreboard currently used in the world. A new HD production control facility for the scoreboard is being installed by Diversified Systems of Santa Clara, CA and designed by WJHW. The scoreboard will contain four large screens—two will face the center seating areas, measuring approximately 27’ high by 48’ long, and two will face each end of the seating bowl, measuring approximately 21’ high by 25’ wide. The new display boards will contain over 8.5 million pixels in total. Fans seated along the center areas will face a 1080p full HD screen that stretches from 3-point line to 3-point line for basketball, and spans both blue lines for hockey. It seems to be a part of a growing trend for this new style scoreboard, where the sideline screens are much larger than the end zone screens. Could this be the new standard for sports arena scoreboards?

Unpredictable Kings

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When the Los Angeles Kings changed their primary logo to the "home plate" logo, everyone expected to see that primary at center ice, even though many did not like the idea. The Kings were wise to keep the crown at center ice with an updated color scheme. Just when we thought this center ice would remain the same for years to come, the King spoke and now the primary logo finds itself at center ice.

Even EA Sports was fooled when they tried to guess what the center ice would need to look like in NHL 12. They put the primary logo at center ice only to find out a few weeks later that it would not actually appear on the real Staples Center ice. In NHL 14 it will appear as the crown unless they are able to patch in the logo change at a later date, though in the past this has not happened.

So one question remains: How well will fans and players be able to see the puck over that black logo at center ice? Of course this is not the first black logo to appear at center ice... The Bruins come to mind. However this is perhaps the logo with the most black to appear at center ice. I have been asking around for opinions, and there seems to be a pretty even divide in opinions.

Some say that the logo will make it very difficult to see the puck, not so much for the players on the ice, but for those watching on TV. Others say that the action will only be at center ice for brief moments in the game and will be traveling fast enough that the distraction will be minimal.

One thing is for sure, if it creates any sort of problem, we won't have to wait too much longer to hear about it now! Comment below and weigh in on the debate!