Wednesday, September 9, 2009

RBC's New Scoreboard is Up and Running

Dallas Cowboys watch out! You're not the only team with a new, state of the art, jaw dropping scoreboard. The RBC Center has it's unique new jumbotron equipped with LED screens, a 3 foot high LED ring that can scroll in-game information, out of town scores or prompts to get the fans riled up. While it might not actually top the Dallas Cowboy's new gaudy centerhung display, it is a huge advancement for the RBC Center.
“We are looking forward to the quality that we didn’t have with our old board,” said Dave Olsen, RBC Center vice president and general manager. “This upgrade will significantly enhance fan’s experiences at the arena by taking advantage of the advances in video technology since the building opened in 1999."

This new scoreboard, by Daktronics, will surely help the teams get more interactive with the fans and will allow them to provide more information and entertainment than ever before.

**Photo and Quote from Digital Science Expo


28 Responses to "RBC's New Scoreboard is Up and Running"
  1. Pack Leader said...
    September 10, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    I personally like the new scoreboard, but in my opinion RBC will always be lacking until they get the noice meter that was in Reynolds....

    That thing was AWESOME!!

  2. Eric said...
    September 10, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Not nearly as awesome as the ear-ringing, hear it in your teeth, decibels that Reynolds generated as an arena. It will be tough to get back to that time...I miss it.

  3. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Hey, there are things that I don't miss about Reynolds, too brothers. How about the terrible sight-lines? If you weren't on the side, you couldn't see a thing! And, how about the sweat dripping down your you made your way to your seat! Cramped restrooms, no (or little) concessions, etc.

    Look, I love the old barn. I do. I was actually lucky enough to see all of the games there when I was a student. And, if you could manage to get a seat court-side, it was one of the best experiences you could have. Albeit, we lost almost every game that I saw there (as a student). And, I understand the inherent home-court advantages that Reynolds gave the Pack. but, it was time to upgrade, and I think that we are better off for it.

    Recruits love the RBC. It is a big selling point. I think that it is an impressive building, and if we are ever in the hunt for the top spot in the conference, you will hear it get plenty loud in there! Trust me. Have you ever been to a playoff Hockey game in there? You can't here yourself think! There's not one seat in the RBC that has as bad of a view as ANY seat in Reynolds that wasn't on the side of the court. I think they did a great job building the RBC seating up, and not out. The acoustics are not bad at all. If you were near the court/ice during a loud game, then you would see that the court gets much louder than does the stands. There are big, clean restrooms, and plenty of them. You can grab a drink and popcorn, or anything else (although it's expensive) very conveniently.
    Parking couldn't be easier! I loved to walk to the games as a student, I did. But, did you ever try to park at a game at Reynolds? It was ridiculous! And, I LOVE the new scoreboard! I say, "Keep up with the times, fellas!" We need that in order to attract today's athletes and coaches. We need that in order to attract today's fans. Those things lead to revenue and success. They're exponential factors in the success of our program.

    Go Pack!

  4. backdpack said...
    September 10, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Ditto ppack3

  5. Realwolfpacker said...
    September 10, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Would still rather be in Reynolds. Could have remodeled it and kept our tradition.

  6. Bradford said...
    September 10, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Agree with PPack. Our fan base is stuck in the past. Whether it's wanting jerseys from the 80's or an out of date coliseum, we can't seem to move on from the hey-day and try to create a new one.

  7. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    I do feel like we need to expand upon our legacies. We can't live in the past, but we can't forget about our heritage either. There's a fine line to walk these days. I admire Sid for taking on the challenge. There are folks who wouldn't ever change anything about our uniforms, style of play, facilities, etc. And, there are folks who would opt for 'bigger, faster, stronger" every time. The truth is...somewhere in between.

    We have to recognize the past and honor it. All that is NC State, has it's foundations, and it's roots laid out for us in the past. It's where we come from. How do you forget those things? On the other hand, we HAVE TO keep up with the times. We need progressive equipment and facilities to attract the top-flight talent that we believe we deserve. Also, the fans deserve air conditioning, comfy seats and cup holders, too. IMHO. Go State!

  8. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    BTW, Backdpack, How'd you get that "State" moniker on your post? That's pretty sweet.

  9. Eric said...
    September 10, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    I was not suggesting that the move wasn't good for all the reasons you listed. I merely suggested that all those things you listed about Reynolds were awesome to experience (except for sight lines). I was relegated to the sides for one game...the only highlight was stomping on the metal grates for more noise. I was lucky enough to have great family seats.

    I will always remember coming out of those games sweating like a pig, and how great that cool outside air felt after a big win. I thought the experience was great.

    My fondest memory from RBC is when Fells went nuts on UNC for an unexpected win. While loud and exciting, I can't help but think about how the atmosphere would have been in Reynolds. Again, not suggesting we should be in Reynolds, just nostalgic about the past.

  10. Pack Leader said...
    September 10, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Somehow we have to find a marriage of the New and Old. I think it was a fantastic idea to continue to put students on the floor like in Reynolds. I do wish there was a large viewing area for the national championship & ACC championship trophies. Kids these days like the big shiny arena and program, and thats understandable. RBC is top of its class and Ive been to several Stanley cup games and left with my ears ringing. It is possible to rock that house, but it will take a nationally ranked team to draw that noise unfortunately.

    Renovating Reynolds was near impossible. Due to the simple fact construction would have taken ATLEAST 2 years and state would have had nowhere to play, mens and womens. And from an architectural aspect it would have had to been nearly demolished to add in everything state fans and administration wanted. Maryland built a new arena and it is very similar to RBC but IMHO it doesn't come close to the ascetics or noise of RBC. If we win 2 national championships while in the RBC, every fan will love the place like a work of art....

    Winning cures all wounds...

  11. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Totally agree PackLeader. I was just about to say that...until my hands started to cramp! HA!

  12. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    I've never understood how this equation works in some people's minds:

    More Space + More Fans = Less Noise

    Really? The thing is, our teams were better when Reynolds was at it's loudest and most glorious. It wasn't all that, when we were getting our heads handed to us in a to-go box after the game! It was still hot and sweaty, just not intimidating.

    I was excited to get the upgrades in the football and basketball facilities. I liked the 'on campus' atmosphere of Reynolds, but the logistics of getting a crowd into that area and arena was a nightmare. I like having the RBC and Carter-Finley in the same complex. It is an impressive sight to actually see what our fans' contributions have created. The new scoreboard is an innovation that was necessary. Does anyone remember the transformation with the CF scoreboard. We used to have a 20ft screen that consisted of about 500 yellow light bulbs. It was the equivalent to sending out smoke signals. I remember when we upgraded to, like, 1500 light bulbs, in two colors. Yay! They tried to fashion players mugs on the screen only to find that they were unrecognizable blobs. I wanted something better from the time I was 10 years old. Now, in the RBC, if the line at the toilet or the drink stand is too long, I can look at the closest monitor and catch what I would have missed. Thank God for technology! I can't wait to see the new digs at the RBC. Maybe now we can get a good view of a replay from everywhere in the house. Can I get an Amen?

    BTW, I have way too much time on my hands today. Could you tell? Go State!

  13. Jose said...
    September 10, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    This is very cool and will only enhance the confines more. The Canes playoff games rock loud decibel wise and our games will be to once the all the pieces are in place.

  14. Lynda said...
    September 10, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    I agree with ppack. My grandfather was a charter member of the WPC and had great seats at Reynolds. Still, if he were alive today, he would love the RBC Center. And for those who keep whining about the noise level, or lack thereof, you should have been at the RBC Center when we beat Duke or when we beat Carolina. I went home with my ears ringing... literally. And it's a lot noisier down on the floor than most of us in the upper level realize. I've sat down there several times, and the students do a really good job.

    Bottom line, I'm old, and I don't miss Reynolds Coliseum. Every time I attend a game there, I'm reminded of how much nicer the RBC Center is.

    And I'm not sure what's up with the noise meter, but from my seat in Section 303, I have been able to clearly see it tucked up inside the scoreboard, but I've only seen them drop it down to be used maybe once or twice, and that was years ago.

  15. Anonymous said...
    September 10, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    My son wanted to play at Nc State because of the RBC Center and the Pro style arena. He understands the history of Reynolds but to him that is an old Gym that his dad got to play in. I know Julius Mays when he was being recruited loved to talk about the RBC Center. I would tell him how hard it was to shoot in Reynolds because of the deep sea of red in that end. Kids like the idea of playing on the big stage. Us adults love the nostalgia!

  16. redfred said...
    September 10, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Great commentary on here about the hanging on to the past, versus looking to future and getting on with it. Especially since there is an entire generation of NC State fans who don't really have any idea what our past was like.

    Somebody has to at least make an effort to keep those memories alive until the day we finally figure out how to make some more of them. You don't want to bore kids by talking about war stories from 30 years ago, but you don't want to let those times go by the wayside either. It's a tightwire act for sure. I just hope they'll put this new technology in the RBC to use in a way that will help a lost generation of Wolfpack fans understand why some of us can't seem to shut up about those great times.

  17. TruthBKnown Returns said...
    September 10, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    "I've never understood how this equation works in some people's minds:

    More Space + More Fans = Less Noise"

    You left out a couple of considerations: coustics and the student seating being on an aluminum base. That smaller building rocked like the RBC Center will never rock. It's too airy, and the sound doesn't reverberate like it does in the old barn.

    And when the students get to stomping their feet on that aluminum-based section where they sit, it adds even more thunder. (Try stomping on the concrete floor in the RBC Center... not quite the same effect!)

    I've been in Reynolds when I thought my ears would literally bleed. I plugged up my ears many a time to save my ears. And this is coming from someone that listened to his fair share of insanely loud rock music while driving his '79 Camaro!

    I've been told the RBC gets loud at Hurricanes games. But I suspect it doesn't hold a candle to the loud games at Reynolds.

    I'm all for new traditions and all, and we needed to move to a better arena for recruiting. But places like Reynolds can't be replaced. I wish we would play more big games there. I know the crowd noise helped State more there than at the RBC. No doubt in my mind!

  18. Anonymous said...
    September 10, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Very impressive updated picture of the team. Those guys look huge and in shape. I'm excited about the upcoming season!

  19. backdpack said...
    September 10, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Thanks, ppack3.
    The logo is just a picture I created and saved as a jpg. You can then add it into your google profile.

    I think the admin has done a nice job of holding some games in Reynolds every year. The only thing that gets me at the RBC is to see 60% of the lower section empty during games. The RBC gets really loud when it is full, so lets just concentrate on filling it up. GO PACK!!!!

  20. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Anon - good link to the men's bb team. Thanks.

    Redfred - Never stop talking about the past. I met a fellow yesterday that had frequent run-ins at charitable events with Jimmy V. Listening to him talk about Jim Valvano, the person, the man, gave me chills. David Thompson, Case, etc. There is as much history in Raleigh as there is anywhere in the Basketball World. To let go of any of that would be criminal. That's why I love what Tim Peeler is doing these days. He has taken it upon himself to salvage everything he can. God bless that man.

    TruthBKnown - You bring up some great points about the noise factor. And, never get me wrong, I have nothing but love for the House that Case Built! It will forever be one of Basketball's great treasures. And I get nostalgic quite often. But, times they are a changin.'
    BTW, Truth, I wish I could say the same about that Camaro of yours. My first ride was a '79 Mustang...hatchback! Wah, wah. Not the same! It was orange. I installed home stereo speakers in the back, so it got a bit loud, but not in a good way. Hey, it was all I could afford in 1990. Ha!

  21. TruthBKnown Returns said...
    September 10, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    ppack3, I'm sure your Mustang could take my Camaro, though. Those things were fast!

    These comments are really taking me back! :)

  22. redfred said...
    September 10, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    "Hey, it was all I could afford in 1990. Ha!"

    First car??? 1990??? What tha???

    ppack3, I'm impressed, you're pretty smart...for a kid.

  23. Pack Leader said...
    September 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Nice link to the picture Anon!

    Man Painter looks like a BEAST in the middle there!!

    Josh Davis looks taller than i expected, no more than an inch shorter than Tracey.

    BIG V cracks me up!! But hes a tall boy!!! If he can create a hook in the next 2 years he can become extremely valuable....

    Towes goofy smile also cracks me up!!!

  24. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Truth-that would have been the saddest race! Lol! Mine had an in line straight 6 cylinder that periodically caught my air filter on fire! Man, that thing never should've been allowed on the road! But, I had a friend that did inspections, so....

    It had bald tires, the Blues Brothers stenciled on the hood (silouette in black), it sat at a tilt, and it sounded good because the muffler was bad. Fuzzy brown seats. I could go on and on. $600. What a bargain.

  25. Anonymous said...
    September 10, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Vendenburg listed as 7'1" and 238!

    And Howell's big. 6'8", 266. The recruiting sites had him between 217-230.

  26. redfred said...
    September 10, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Javi also looks pretty well bulked up to me, especially compared to the guy to his left. Davis looks like he's solid too.

    Man, it would be outstanding if both Davis and JV came right out of the chute playing ACC caliber BB. I'm thinking one of them might anyway.

  27. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    September 10, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    From what I know, the staff felt like Howell came in a tad heavy.

  28. ppack3 said...
    September 10, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Redfred - I haven't been called a kid in a little while, but I'll take it. I wa but a tot of nine when I had my face painted half red and half white, sitting in my living room crouched in front of my whole family watching our boys win the National Championship. The lineage runs deep in both sides of my family, fan-wise. I was born two months after our '74 Championship, but over the years, I've been sufficiently "filled in" on the Pack's history from before my birth!

    That's one reason why I am more than willing to give this particular coaching staff the benefit of the doubt when it comes to building this program.


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