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Case Study: Phoenix Suns Arena, AZ

Christie Spyder X80 multi-windowing processors are helping to deliver a new fan experience at the Phoenix Suns Arena. As part of a massive renovation of the entire arena, the new lobby area has been outfitted with 7,000 square feet of LED displays, with the Spyder X80 driving content to engage and educate fans as they enter the building.

The 29-year old venue underwent a significant $230 million modernization with improvements that allow the Suns to claim a world-class guest experience. The transformation included upgraded fan amenities, technology, and more. Stranger Production, which specializes in sports and broadcasting video processing, and automation, commissioned the Christie Spyder X80 processors that are used to drive content to the LED walls in the new lobby area.

Two custom, curved LED displays welcome fans to the arena inside the reimagined Phoenix Suns Arena pavilion. One display measures 26 feet high by 202 feet long and the other 26 feet high by 113 feet long, and display a combined 64.8 million pixels. Two Christie Spyder X80 processors (one used as the primary processor, and the other as part of a back-up system) were installed to deliver content to the displays.

Says Eric Howell, owner, Stranger Production, “The system is designed so that the Spyder X80 is the central processor of the pavilion LED displays. Video is fed from computers to the media processors, into the Spyder. The display is completely customizable, including advertising, video feeds, and pre-game content, and different types of media and content can be layered using the Spyder.” Additionally, content can be synchronized on the displays throughout the arena.

The system is using 12 of the 16 outputs available on the Spyder X80 and all 20 inputs. Says Howell, “We’re using a lot of pixels – 64.8 million pixels are managed by the Spyder – and there’s still room for one more display.”

“We have a history in commissioning Christie Spyder for large-scale sports and arena installations,” adds Howell. “And for me, it comes down to shear horsepower with 24 inputs and 16, 4K outputs. And with the Spyder, we are able to get multiple technologies converted to the same display type.”

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