Bad news Doni

- September 15th, 2010

I did this for you Don.
The first question I asked once the dust settled and the microphones were gone, I took Senators owner Eugene Melnyk aside on the stage to see if the club would have a brand new scoreboard for the 2012 NHL all-star game.
I mean what a perfect way to welcome the best players to town. You know, with a brand new scoreboard and HD screen. The best one I’ve seen is in Montreal. To be honest, Buffalo has a pretty nice one as well. I’m sure Pittsburgh’s will be grand.
Don, here is the answer I got when I asked if there’d be a new scoreboard by Jan. 26-to-29, 2012.
“I couldn’t comment on that right now,” said Melnyk. “I don’t know the timelines.”
Is it something you are looking at?
“We are looking at it, but a lot of it has to do with the economics of it and what the fans are saying,” said Melnyk. “We poll our fans all the time and we ask the question, ‘Here’s your menu of what we can afford to do, what takes priority? The big priority over the last couple of years and going forward is food and beverage.”
So, there you go Don, I tried. I really did. Better food then better vision.
That doesn’t sound promising for the new scoreboard you so badly want.
I did what I could to get you an answer.

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16 comments

  1. don.brennan says:

    Brutal.
    There should be a new scoreboard at Scotiabank Place well before the 2012 all-star game. There should have been a new one there THREE YEARS AGO.
    This one will be 20 years old in 2012, for gawd sakes. It’s horrible, compared to the one in Montreal … or many others around the league. It’s totally outdated.
    If fans are so concerned about food, as Melnyk says, they should go to Fratelli’s or Capones or any of the other great restaurants in Ottawa. I don’t by that. When they’re at the game, their priority is to see the game. And when they look up at the scoreboard, especially from those expensive seats along the glass, they can’t see the game. At least not nearly as good as they should be able to.
    That does it. If the billionaire isn’t going to buy a new scoreboard for Scotiabank Place, then maybe you and I should, Bruce. Wait, you have more money than me. You should do it. I’ll help you shop for one.

  2. D-Man says:

    I totally agree with Don on that! I was a season ticket holder for 3 years and I was sitting in section 301. When theres replay’s or even if sometimes you just want to watch the scoreboard because it’s different… well you can’t see s***. To be honest I think that it should have been the first thing they should have changed. Because a nice HD TV can change the experience of a hockey game as a fan!

  3. Nancy D says:

    People actually care about something as stupid as a scoreboard? As long as it shows the current score and time left, it’s fine. You could use an old 1950s high school scoreboard for all I care.

    And they can seriously cut back on the ear wrenching blasting music and effects, too. A simple old pipe organ is more entertaining.

    The important part is on the ice.

  4. Anderson Davies says:

    The best score board was the one at the old Forum in Montreal. Simple and too the point. Who cares about all the gadgets and Brucie why did you not okay my post about the Italian restaurants. You have a vested interest?

  5. Chris says:

    Definitely need a new scoreboard. Does anyone not remember trying to watch the Stanley Cup Finals on that screen when the Sens played in Anaheim? BRUTAL!!! I had to go outside to watch it on the outdoor screens. The quality of those screens wasn’t much better, but when you’re up close, it was fine. My kids DS has better graphics capability then the current scoreboard. And they use that scoreboard for more then just the game itself. It’s used heavily before the game as well to show highlight’s. And when you’re sitting in the nosebleads, I’m sure seeing it on an HD screen instead of the current one would be a HUGE improvement. We’re not asking for the same screen as the Cowboys, after all.

  6. Mike8888 says:

    We definitely need a new scoreboard. It is part of the game experience.

  7. Nancy D says:

    It would be interesting if they charged tickets as an itemized list the way they send out hydro bills…

    Ticket price: $100

    Player salaries $60
    Arena expenses $10
    Team expanses $20
    New scoreboard $10

    I’d bet people would care about the cost of a new scoreboard then. :)

  8. Old Geezer says:

    I am not sure why Food and Beverage has anything to do with a new scoreboard. Is Melnyk planning to provide free food and drinks to the fans? Will the Sens lose money if they change the food that is served? I wish you would have challenged Eugene when he sluffed you off by saying the priorities are Food and Beverages. Again, this is the type of journalistic reporting that makes most fans somewhat cynical about the media.

  9. BGoody says:

    I agree with Don.

  10. Bob says:

    When montreal got one everyone complained the stadium was more quiet because everyone was just watching it. Like when you throw kids in front of a TV. Just what ottawa needs…

  11. Brian Monroe says:

    Not a chance they host the All Star game with that scoreboard in place. It’ll be replaced by Fall 2011.

  12. Visitor says:

    Brian, dream on.

    As long as fans fill the rink nothing will change.
    The scoreboard is pathetic.
    The XCel (spelling?) Energy Center in Minnesota has a crazy one. So does the Bell Centre. Even Edmonton and Boston have half-decent ones.

    I go to games every now and then (had season ducats until 2008) and it is BRUTAL seeing the game from the 300 section. You have to squint to see the shots on goal and score, fer crying out loud and forget about seeing the replays!

    Look, I get the SENATORS don’t make money because people in Ottawa are cheap. That’s fine. But the RINK makes money. CAPITAL TICKETS makes tons of money, etc. etc.

    Those big TVs cost a cool 5-7 million I hear, because they aren’t exactly a mass-produced item, right?
    But they are a must. They totally make the game experience much better and yes, I *would* go to MORE games if there was a HD big screen scoreboard there instead of sitting at home with *my* HD television or at my pal’s HID flatscreen.

    This is just a question of being cheap!

    Food and beverage??? At SBP?

    Mr. Melnyk, I do not BUY food and drink over there.

    For my birthday last year my friend took me to a Toronto-Montreal game, for the atmosphere I guess.
    He bought me a “Mesquite grill” at the Lone Star concession. 11.25 for that. He bought me a large cola, something like 4.75 or 5.25. Close to $20.00!!!

    So what did we do next time we went? He picked me up at home, we drove into a Burger King/restaurant and we ate before coming. I bought ZERO or next to it. I think I got a bottle of water or a coca-cola and some peanuts. Spent maybe $10 on concessions.

    Memo to THE GENE:

    Ottawans are CHEAP. Our motto is “IF IT’S FREE IT’S FOR ME!”

    BUT

    We WILL spend for a high quality product, whether it’s seeing maritimer Holly Cole at the NAC, front row seats to Metallica, nice dinner at So Good or Baton Rouge. Make this part of the experience.

    What is it going to look if Ovechkin, Crosby, Spezza, Sedin do some SICK moves at the all-star games and we can’t see them?

    Come on…

    P.S. Mr. Melnyk, spend 2-3 months here in winter, drive in a rented Datsun to the rink, do the parking thing, sit in the cheapies and see what it’s like. It’s easy panning this issue from the comfort of a tax hideout in Barbados or from a nice residence here in Ottawa!

  13. Mike8888 says:

    Did I just read that Bobby agreed with someone?

  14. DC says:

    It will get done, and I’m told they are not only looking at it, but trying to find out how to incorporate it into their overall Entertainment vision. Nancy D doesn’t get it, as most people don’t but NHL hockey isn’t just about what happens on the ice, it’s about the overall entertainment experience, and part of that is the between play and period entertainment which a scoreboard is used.

    Not having a score clock that rivals or surpasses Montreal’s would make Ottawa the laughing stock of the NHL and reaffirm the belief that Ottawa is a second rate town trying to be a big league city.

  15. Brian Monroe says:

    @Visitor…so let me get this straight…if the new scoreboard is in place you’ll go to more games, buy more food and concessions? BTW, I don’t know why you’d care about the prices of anything at SBP…sounds like you’re freeloading off of your friend anyway.

  16. Colin says:

    I was the Sens season ticket event tonight and Cyril Leeder was asked about the scoreboard. He stated that they were investigating new technologies and that he expected to have a new scoreboard installed within the next two years. Hopefully in time for the all star shinney game.

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