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Forum shows off plans for massive new scoreboard

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Consider it the chandelier of the Tampa Bay Times Forum: a new $5-million scoreboard is being built for the hometown hockey team.

Forum leaders say once complete, it'll boast one of the most powerful pictures in professional sports.

"Overall, this will be the largest scoreboard in Florida, largest indoor scoreboard in North America, so we're pretty excited about it," Tampa Bay Lightning Chief Operating Officer Steve Griggs said Thursday.

The 60,000-pound rectangular video display is high definition, and will use LED Daktronics technology to light up games like never before.

The Lightning's old scoreboard was installed in 2007. After a season of technical glitches, Lightning leaders agreed on a major upgrade.

"Effectively, we're quadrupling the resolution of the screen," said Lightning VP of Event Productions John Franzone.

The big screen provides four times more display space then the Forum's former version for sideline spectators. It's double the size for end zone seats.

"It's a means to connect with the fans. By virtue of it being bigger, and clearer, and sharper, with an amazing array of colors, only makes that transference of information all the more powerful," Franzone said.

It's all part of a $42-million renovation project to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, privately-funded by owner Jeff Vinik.

"It's the last piece to really enhance the fan experience. That's really what we're all about, making sure that when people come to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, they're seeing a great show not only on the ice, but off the ice as well," Griggs said.

The new Lightning scoreboard is expected to be up and running in a little less than two weeks.

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