Cypress, California-based audio-visual company Christie announces that its hardware and software are being used to power the on-ice pre-game show for the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights.
Baltimore-based Image Engineering is the company that creates the dazzling visuals used in the show, driven by Christie’s equipment and software.
According to Christie, the Vegas Golden Knights knew that it had to provide a dazzling fan experience to compete with all the other glamour and glitz that Las Vegas has to offer. And with the Golden Knights projected to be one of the top teams in the NHL—which they have turned out to be—the owners of T-Mobile Arena knew expectations knew they needed to set a high bar to keep fans coming back.
The club uses 12 Christie WU20K-J projectors, Christie Mystique Install software, Christie Pandoras Box drivers and Christie Widget Designer to create the on-ice show.
“Christie’s reputation obviously is phenomenal and all over this town,” says Jonny Greco, vice president events and entertainment for the Golden Knights. “All over The Strip you see Christie projectors. I didn’t have a lot of experience with that coming in and so that’s where you trust great people to do great things at great times—and Image Engineering was able to do that.”
Image Engineering was brought onboard by the Golden Knights to handle the full game presentation, including AV integration.
“We took a lot of care to figure out an installation plan that was going to work for T-Mobile Arena because they do have so many large concerts and one-off shows that come in and out so frequently,” says Ian Bottiglieri, director of project management for Image Engineering.
The twelve projectors are in “pods” of two near each face-off circle, each blue line, and center ice, on each side of the arena. Image Engineering then used the Christie Mystique software to align the projectors, saving both them and the Golden Knights what would normally be between 8 to 10 hours every time the projectors needed realignment after being repositioned for a concert or other event.