Northeastern’s Matthews Arena adding 50-foot videoboard, two ribbon displays

Matthews Arena - The Boston College Eagles and Northeastern University Huskies tied at 1 on Saturday, October 22, 2005, at Matthews Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Matthews Arena will undergo upgrades in the coming weeks that will include a videoboard and ribbon displays (photo: Melissa Wade).

Northeastern’s Matthews Arena will install a state-of-the-art, 50-foot centerhung videoboard and two ribbon displays at the arena as part of a significant upgrade to the in-game experience at the 108-year old building, the school announced on Monday.

The videoboard will form a rectangle shape above the playing surface inside Matthews Arena. The two sideline-facing displays will each measure 13.5 feet high by 50 feet wide featuring an inward curvature. The two end-facing displays will each measure 9.5 feet high by 13.5 feet wide. All four displays feature tight 6-millimeter line spacing to provide crisp, clear imagery to fans in every seat of the arena. The LED system will be installed in 2018 and ready to inform and engage fans this fall.

“Northeastern is excited to bring a first-class video display board to Matthews Arena as part of our project to integrate the latest technology in video and sound to enhance the game-day fan experience and atmosphere,” said NU executive senior associate athletic director for operations Marshall Foley in a statement. “One of our goals is to utilize this new technology to engage with students as part of the game-day atmosphere in ways that have never been seen before, and we welcome everyone to come out and enjoy the new experience in person.”

Each centerhung display is capable of variable content zoning allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, statistics and game information, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. Fans will be part of the game action more than ever before at Matthews Arena, with a section of the videoboard dedicated to in-game social media posts from Twitter and Instagram.

Two ribbon displays will be installed at each end of the arena. Each ribbon display measures three-feet high by 30 feet wide and features 10-millimeter line spacing. These provide the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events while also showing supplemental content to the main displays.