How do you transform a sports arena or stadium to meet the needs of the demanding sports fan or concertgoer? Can you make their experience fun, engaging, personal and seamless at the same time? Explore how large-format LED screens or LCD video walls work in concert with small point-of-sale displays, special lighting features, digital menus and even suite/lobby televisions to open up new entertainment-and-revenue-driving opportunities. Listen in to this lively and interactive webinar with Christie Rice from Intel and Mark Stross from ANC as they discuss the new technology advancements that are creating a more enriching, interactive consumer experience.
A mission critical control room will have HD or UDH displays, control systems, and human interface tools that are permanently integrated and never leave the room. While this can include computers and tablets, for access to content and calling up data, for example, if those devices are dedicated to the control room, they are not in the category of BYOD. “BYOD has been proliferating across almost every space, and we’ve seen most manufacturers starting to take an app or cloud-based sharing approach, utilizing built-in security protocols and firewalls in iOS or Android OS, or by tunneling through their own cloud systems and using small download plug-ins on PC’s,” said Malik Khan, senior vice president for design and integration for ANC.
On any given day at Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan, you will find people waiting on line for their Shake Shack burger or commuters rushing off to catch their trains, but opera singers? That’s not something you see every day at the center, which recently hosted A Marvelous Order, an opera based on the lives of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs—ideological opponents and central figures in the development of New York City in the 20th century—as part of the River to River Performance Festival.
The BIG3 Basketball League made its debut on Sunday, June 25th in front of a crowd of over 15,000 and ANC graphics helped pump-up the crowd for all the BIG3 action. ANC designers worked directly with BIG3 to develop engaging in-game content, BIG3 branded content, and player introductions. The content was displayed on the center-hung and fascia displays throughout the arena. ANC representatives were on-site Sunday to serve as production consultants for BIG3 and the ANC will continue to develop graphics for the remaining 9 games in the season.
Westchester Business Journal - ANC may not be a household name, but its products are hard to miss, especially for sports fans. When the NBA championship finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors move to Cleveland for Game 3 next Wednesday, more than 20,000 people will sit under the massive LED screen the Purchase-based company, ANC Sports Enterprises LLC, designed and operates at Quicken Loans Arena. The 5,550-square-foot, four-sided scoreboard was nicknamed “Humongotron” by the team when it debuted in 2014. It’s the largest high definition scoreboard in the country.
Sports Business Journal - The University of Texas has hired ANC to overhaul and upgrade video boards in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium as part of a $4.5 million project.
A new video display in the stadium’s south end zone will be the centerpiece of the deal. The size of the board — 55.85 feet high by 134.4 feet wide — will not change, keeping it the fourth-largest board among college football stadiums, but ANC will significantly improve the quality of the picture.
Austin, Texas – May 22, 2017 – The University of Texas (UT) today announced it has selected ANC to install and operate a new video display system at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.
The eighth largest stadium in the United States and the ninth largest stadium in the world, the new system at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium will be highlighted by a main video screen in the South End Zone which will measure 55.85’ high by 134.38’ wide. Totaling more than 7,505 square feet, the video display will be the 4th largest in the NCAA. The video display features a physical pixel resolution, providing the truest visuals possible across more than 2,723,840 physical pixels.
Tempe, Arizona – May 18, 2017 – Arizona State University (ASU) today announced that technology solution provider ANC will install a new main video display at Sun Devil Stadium. The display will be ready in time for the 2017 College Football season.
ANC’s 16mm display in the North Endzone will be in the top 10 of the largest displays in College Football, measuring 47.24’ high by 113.39’ wide and with brightness levels exceeding 9,500 nits. The board will feature high-definition replays, real-time statistical updates, and increase fan engagement with interactive graphics and videos.
MTA Arts & Design, MTA Capital Construction, MTA Multimedia Production, Westfield, and ANC helped bring, "The Blowing Bowler" to life at Fulton Center. “The Blowing Bowler” is an animated journey through New York City’s subway car history, from the Beach Pneumatic Transit Company (1870s), Interborough Rapid Transit Company (1910s) and subway cars from the 1940s, 1950s, 1970s to the more recent R-188 car from 2013. Sickels was inspired by the subway system and the continuous movement of MTA riders. He created a dioramic model from wood, clay, fabric, wire, cardboard and found objects, then painstakingly filmed each motion as a frame for the animation. In addition to the main minute-long animation, three shorter loops feature comical cat-and-mouse antics in reference to the round-the-clock operations of the New York City Transit system and a ridership that is always on the move. Images from “The Blowing Bowler” were also posted statically in subway cars, with promotional teasers aired at 30 subway stations via MTA’s On the Go Travel Station kiosks.
When every inch of a baseball stadium is considered hallowed ground, even comparatively small efforts at expansion are undertaken with delicacy. So it goes that Fenway Park has added seating areas to every nook and cranny while optimizing available surface area with new video displays replacing static signage — all with an eye to maintaining the historic integrity of the venue. In the latest of these strategic upgrades,124 seats were added this spring to the right-field grandstands, and the static Cumberland Farms sign was replaced with a Mitsubishi Diamond Vision XL Series 16-mm LED display measuring 14.28 ft. high by 46.19 ft. wide. The new right-field display will improve sightlines for members of Red Sox Nation seated in the grandstands or in areas dotted along the massive left-field wall that every baseball fan knows as the Green Monster.
Purchase, New York – April 11, 2017 – ANC was awarded the Stellar Service Award for ‘Best Tech Support’ from Systems Contractor News (SCN). The winners are featured in the recent Special Spring Edition of Systems Contractor News. ANC received the award in recognition of their dedicated Operations Team, who works with venue partners to deliver flawless event management services. Each year, ANC Operations manages 2,500 live events, schedules 9,000 pieces of content, and resolves 80% of technical issues in less than 5 hours. Whether it’s fixing an LED board after a Bryce Harper Homerun or helping open the new Westfield World Trade Center, ANC’s Operations Team is a proven leader in technical support.
Boston, MA – March 30, 2017 – Boston Red Sox and ANC today announced the expansion of their 10-year partnership with the installation of a new right field LED display for Fenway Park.
The new display will replace the existing Cumberland Farms sign in right field with a 16mm LED display measuring 14.28’ high by 46.19’ wide. In 2011, ANC installed three (3) HD video boards over the bleacher seats and the Green Monster, while integrating various locations of new LED ribbon over the past five years. The new display will feature Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.’s Diamond Vision System Division’s XL Series and will seamlessly integrate with all the existing displays through ANC’s award-winning vSOFT operating platform.
ANC is heading down to the Big Easy with some of the NBA’s biggest superstars for NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, LA. ANC’s 6mm LED displays will be utilized at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center to display engaging game & sponsorship content. The Smoothie King Center will host All-Star Saturday and the All-Star Game while the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. ANC provides courtside signage to 14 NBA teams and the display systems are customized for each courtside partner. In 2017, ANC also introduced a new 4mm LED courtside display, which is currently featured at both the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trailblazers. “ANC is excited to be a part of one of the NBA’s premier events and we look forward to introducing new technology such as our 4mm LED courtside display to the League and its teams” said Colleen Duffy, Sr. VP Sales, Venue Services. “Our digital signage elevates the game day atmosphere and adds further engagement for fans.”
In the history of ANC, January 22nd is a big day. Some would say it is our biggest day; our first official day as a company. 20 years later, ANC has designed, integrated, serviced, operated, and created content for some of the highest profile installations in the world. Initially founded as a rotational signage company with deep roots in professional sports, ANC’s beginnings were simple. A small staff of dedicated employees took ANC from rotational signage to LED ribbon to large scale video screens in some of the most prominent sports stadiums in the world. Over the past 20 years, ANC transformed into the preeminent technology service provider for stadiums, entertainment facilities, transportation hubs, and retail venues. Beginning with 3 employees and growing to over 200, ANC has always put their partners first, providing them with exemplary service and the highest quality product in the business.
What do sports statistics and the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority have in common? As it turns out, the same disciplines that inform major league teams have been harnessed to power the information and advertising networks deployed in the MTA’s flagship digital transit hub at Fulton Center, the heart of downtown Manhattan’s transportation infrastructure. In the beginning, nearly 20 years before Fulton Center came together, everything was just about paying the bills for Jerry Cifarelli, starting out as a rotational signage provider to the NBA and MLB. Today, he’s in the enviable position of leading a $60-million, full-service technology displays integrator, with no debt and cash on hand to invest in expanding the brand and growing the business.
Gainesville, FL – January 4, 2017 – University of Florida (UF) and ANC today announced the installation of a new center-hung display for the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The install was part of UF’s larger renovation and expansion plans, which debuted at the Men’s Basketball game against Little Rock on December 21st, 2016. The new center-hung structure will include four main video displays measuring 10.08’ high by 17.7’ wide. Four corner board displays measuring 4.72’ high by 22.05’ wide will be utilized for scoring and statistics. The center-hung will also feature a lower LED ring measuring 1.57’ high by 56.69’ wide which will offer sponsors the opportunity to be seen by over 11,000 plus attendees each game. The arena is also equipped with 24’ and 40’ 10mm LED courtside signage, which will be utilized for sponsorship and game content.
Cross Insurance Arena, a hockey arena in Portland, Maine, has partnered with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor to deploy a video display system. Spectra worked with ANC to integrate the system, which uses four video screens measuring 12.6-feet high by 15.75-feet wide, according to a press release. The system will also feature eight LED ribbon displays to use for advertisements, scores and entertainment. "As an established partner of Spectra, ANC stood out for their ability to create a display that will take Cross Insurance Arena to the next level," Matt Herpich, general manager, Cross Insurance Arena, said in the release. "The new display system will empower Spectra and the sports tenants that play at Cross Insurance Arena to create an immersive environment for a variety of sporting and entertainment events hosted at the arena."
Kumho’s subsidiary in the United States, Kumho Tire USA Inc. has expanded its multi-year partnership deal with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to cover courtside advertising and hospitality possibilities with eight teams belonging to the NBA. This deal will supplement the company’s recent deals to become the official tire of two leading basketball teams, the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets. The eight NBA teams that will be providing Kumho Tire USA Inc. with courtside and backboard stanchion advertising as an outcome of the expanded deal with the NBA are the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.
The new jumbotron in the Reilly Center was not an easy decision. There were many things that went into the planning of the video board such as: which board would have the best visuals, which board would fit the budget best, and most importantly, which board would best suit the fans. Tim Kenney, Director of Athletics, Phil Winger, associate vice president for Facilities, and Steve Campbell, Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, spent many hours talking to various companies, listening to why each company offered the best option. After deciding on ANC Sports Enterprises’ proposal, they began the actual process of installing the video board starting in September of 2016, said Kenney.
(Portland, Maine) – December 1, 2016 – Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the providers of Venue Management to the Cross Insurance Arena, today unveiled a new video display system that will be used for all sporting events at the facility, including University of Maine Black Bears men’s hockey games. Spectra partnered with ANC to integrate a new video display system, highlighted by a center-hung display that features four main video screens measuring 12.60’ high by 15.75’ wide. The center-hung is complemented by eight LED ribbon displays, which will be utilized throughout the arena for real-time statistics, crowd entertainment, and advertising messages.
Kumho Tire USA recently announced a multi-year extension as an official partner of the National Basketball Association and in support of that sponsorship, Kumho has developed a local media activation strategy with eight NBA teams in key markets across the U.S. Kumho Tire is currently the Official Tire of the NBA, a first for a global tire manufacturer, and recently renewed their NBA league sponsorship for an additional three years. Kumho also formed multi-year partnerships with two popular and competitive NBA teams as the Official Tire of the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets. These partnerships further expand their presence in the Southeast which is now their new “home court” for their North American headquarters based in Atlanta, GA.
We've been writing about ANC since before Commercial Integrator officially existed as a print entity, with editor Tom LeBlanc posting a shorty about the new video boards at Boston's Fenway Park in December 2000, a month before CI's first issue hit the stands. We took a closer look at the secrets of ANC's success in our second issue with president & CEO Jerry Cifarelli prominently featured on the cover of the March/April 2011 issue spinning a basketball on his finger to highlight the company's focus on bringing digital signage and eye popping video board to pro sports teams around the country.
ANC (anc.com) of Purchase, New York, provided, supervised, and integrated over 5,000 square feet of LED throughout the Westfield World Trade Center Complex, creating a dynamic and immersive stateof-the-art experience. As part of a longterm service agreement with Westfield, ANC helps them set up and program the displays as well as handles maintenance. ANC worked on this top-secret project, from start to finish, for three years after being first contacted by Westfield reps asking their opinion on different display technologies.
Commercial Integrator editors created content to post to Fenway Park video boards using ANC's easy-to-use, drag-and-drop vSOFT software platform. ANC chief technology officer Mark Stross says the company “wanted to achieve the most simple-to-use system as possible.” The vSOFT platform is based on Photoshop, Final Cut and After Effects, he says, with a hyper-resolution engine attached to a known interface. “If you can make it as fast as possible to acquire good content, you’ve already won,” says Stross. “You have to make complicated things easy for people if you want them to be able to use it.” And, while ANC remains proud of the way vSOFT works and how teams use it, they’ve made tweaks over the years based on feedback from the Red Sox and other partners, says Stross.
ANC recently completed two major NCAA Football video displays that made their game day debuts in September. On September 2nd, the University of Nevada, Reno opened their season with a home win against California Polytechnic State University. The new video display made its debut in front of a crowd of 30,000 and is one of the only 12mm displays in College Football.
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania – October 3, 2016 – Bucknell University partnered with ANC to upgrade Sojka Pavilion with a new video display prior to the 2016-2017 NCAA basketball season.
The Bison will look to defend the men’s & women’s regular season Patriot League Championship in front of a new 12’ high by 20’ wide video display. The new display will be located on the north façade of Sojka Pavilion and will supplant the original video board that has been in place since the facility opened in 2003. The new board will help enhance the fan experience by providing live and packaged video, replays, statistics, contests and other entertainment.
Although Purcell Pavilion (basketball and volleyball) and Compton Family Ice Arena (hockey) already have videoboards, next year, Notre Dame Stadium will feature video as part of the game-day experience for the first time. Notre Dame, in partnership with ANC, will install a Mitsubishi Diamond Vision videoboard at the south end and ribbon boards along the east and west facades. The venue’s existing scoreboards will be removed.
As a New York-based integration firm, ANC knew the massive Westfield World Trade Center project would be something special, important and highly publicized. The company also feared that its old name, ANC Sports, would keep it from ever getting the job as systems integrator for the highly coveted project in the first place.
And, while it wasn’t the deciding factor in the integration firm’s decision to simplify and streamline its name, questions about its involvement in the project certainly helped to cement that change after it was chosen to oversee the installation of a world-record 5,000-plus square feet of seamless LED in the 16-acre complex that could attract 100 million visitors every year.
The trailblazing digital display network furnished by ANC (formerly ANC Sports Enterprises) will turn heads and monopolize the attention of 100 million visitors expected to pass through Westfield’s 365,000 square feet of retail space each year. ANC's Chief Technology Officer Mark Stross and Executive Vice President of Technology Solutions Chris Mascatello discuss the ins and outs of their multi-year digital signage partnership, which already accounts for one of the largest seamless LED canvases in the world.
Texas Tech University and ANC today announced plans for a new center-hung display for United Supermarkets Arena, home of the Red Raiders men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The new center-hung structure will include four video displays, each measuring 16.38’ high by 25.20’ wide. Underneath the primary screens will hang a uniquely shaped LED ring. The custom lower display features a continuous ring featuring four separate hanging trapezoid shaped sections which can be driven all as one screen or segmented into single images.
ANC's Shane Chinnon-Rhoden has been chosen as one of Commercial Integrator's 2016 40 Influencers Under 40. The list helps celebrate the best young talent in the AV, IT and security integration world. Since joining ANC in 2005, Shane has played an instrumental role in ANC’s growth, both inside and outside of the sports market. Shane is responsible for designing and integrating the control solutions for some of the highest profile display systems in the world, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Humongotron center-hung video board.
Westfield Corporation partnered with ANC to deploy 5,000 square feet of LED throughout the 16 acre Westfield World Trade Center Complex. The unique digital media network features a 4mm LED display measuring 280 feet long featuring 12 continuous HD outputs which can be driven natively, as well as part of the larger canvas in the building in precise frame synch across 18 other displays.
Over the past six months, ANC has deployed the most updated version of its award-winning operating system, vSOFT 2.0 into more than 45 venues. vSOFT 2.0 render engine’s speed has been increased by more than 70 percent, allowing for more than 12,000 pixels to be moved without slowing down the system. This ensures the highest resolution displays on the market today can be seamlessly synchronized across multiple servers creating unprecedented immersive experiences.
July 18, 2016 - ANC was selected as a 2016 CI Industry Leader by Commerical Integrator (CI). CI recognizes the top integrators in 11 key vertical markets and analyzes what keeps them on the top of their games. These 45 industry-leading firms were selected due to their ability to adapt to customer and market demands and are customer and process focused.