New video scoreboard being installed at Dunkin’ Donuts Center

18 July 2018

The viewing experience at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center is about to make a major jump into the future.

Workers are busy installing a new video scoreboard at the 46-year-old arena in downtown Providence. The $700,000 project will be completed this month and introduce state-of-the-art video to fans of the Providence Bruins, Providence College Friars, ice shows and all other events at the facility.

“This is going to be the best looking screen anywhere,” said John Dunphy, the owner of Eastern Sign Tech. “It’s all about the screen resolution and nothing will compare to this.”

The board projects in four directions and includes curved surfaces that mirror the circular design of the arena. The board contains 342 panels of 6-millimeter pixels. As a comparison, the Dunk’s old video board projected 12 millimeter pixels in the middle with 16 millimeter areas at the top and bottom that were unable to show video.

Dunphy’s firm has completed work at both Fenway Park and AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The project in Providence is being financed by the Convention Center’s capital improvement budget and includes new cameras, lighting and computer control for the video board.

Larry Lepore, the Dunk’s general manager, said work is also being completed on upgrades to the arena’s air-handling system that will regulate the heat and humidity in the building 24 hours a day via computer. These improvements should remedy the condensation problems at the arena that caused disruptions in PC basketball games in each of the last two seasons.