Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes' new PNC Arena scoreboard put on hold for a year

The Centennial Authority’s building and construction committee has put on hold a new scoreboard for PNC Arena for a year.

Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon had asked the authority, the arena landlord, to move up plans for a new blueline-to-blueline scoreboard and have it in place for the 2018-19 season. Committee chairman Steve Stroud said the authority would need more time to assess structural changes in the arena that will be needed to install a scoreboard that could weigh 50,000 pounds.

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"We're disappointed and disagree with that assessment,” Hurricanes president Don Waddell said.

Authority chairman Thomas McCormick said the authority could approve other requests for next season such as a 3D projection system and theatrical lighting and an onsite warehouse, at a combined cost of $4.3 million.

"That will give a lot of new pizzazz to the building for the upcoming season," Stroud said. "That's not a small improvement. That will be a huge improvement to his building. Then we will add what we hope will be the state-of-the-art scoreboard for our 20th anniversary.

"In looking at the process, there's no way we can accomplish all of this in time for the upcoming season. It's just physically impossible."