Niscon is very proud to have been a contributing partner on this project. We coordinated this event alongside JR Clancy, Atlanta Rigging, and CFX who also put their trust in our RAYNOK automation systems.
Niscon began development on the Little Caesars Arena in Midtown Detroit in January of 2017 after the Joe Louis Arena site was sold. The arena was then completed in September of 2017 and began hosting NHL hockey games, as well as concerts and other sporting events. The senior design engineer Don Allen and Niscon integrated new and innovated technology to improve efficiency and security when transitioning between events.
Niscon supplied machinery to three different companies, JR Clancy, Atlanta Rigging, ZFX Flying that managed the apparatus for different parts of the venue well simultaneously being coordinated through Niscon and their control system Raynok. Furthermore, they coordinated control solutions for these three companies. These advancements include a bowl reduction, and effortless ability when moving scoreboards and protection nets.
A bowl reduction encompasses the circumference of the top of the bowl roughly 500-600 feet using curtains to suppress echos and limit the bowl itself when concerts are taking place in the venue. Meaning the bowl drops inside and separating the top section from the lower section so, if you were standing on the ice you would not be able to view those seats.
The challenge with transporting scoreboards on a continual bases is you are lowering and raising anywhere from 4.5 to 27 tones roughly 50-70 feet. What Niscon has created is the capability to (and repeatably) maneuver heavy objects on a regular basis, in a suitable and secure manner with multiple error checks to insure safety.
Protective nets are used during sporting events to provide safety to spectators however, can cause viewer obstruction during concerts. Thus, making the need to effectively remove the netting essential to any and all arenas. With manual controls Niscon can lift protective netting, sound reinforcements and public address systems into the rafters for concerts and lower this equipment for games.