Bulls unveil multi-million dollar improvements

Pat Curcio unveils the new scoreboard just over his shoulder.

Pat Curcio unveils the new scoreboard just over his shoulder.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls invited members of the media to the legendary Cow Palace to unveil more than 2 million dollars in arena upgrades.   Most impressive of these includes a new custom-made 360-degree wraparound LED video scoreboard and ten sets of speaker arrays.  
 
The new Colosseo Cube Scoreboard ready for gameday.

The new Colosseo Cube Scoreboard ready for gameday.

SF Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio described a process that, in many cases, became a complex and complicated effort.   Coach Curcio highlighted the fact that the new Colosseo Cube scoreboard, made by Colosseo USA, had to be custom made in order to agree with some of the weight bearing limitations for the more than 70-year-old building.   They had to fabricate new structural steel beams and have them installed in the rafters to help provide the additional support required.  
 
The new scoreboard control area%2C overlooking the arena and fresh ice

The new scoreboard control area%2C overlooking the arena and fresh ice

The new scoreboard cube and speaker systems will add to what is sure to be an exciting and entertaining inaugural 2012-13 season for the SF Bulls, one of the newest teams to join the ECHL.  
 
Through this door%2C up the staircase is the Bulls locker room.

Through this door%2C up the staircase is the Bulls locker room.

Coach Curcio led the tour through the arena, joined by the Director of Communications and the voice of the Bulls, Jason Lockhart, and Cow Palace CEO Joe Barkett.   Together, they pointed out some of the other less obvious, but important, upgrades recently completed.   Included among the upgrades are a new ice making system that uses environmentally friendly and energy efficient brine glycol chillers, new piping system, renovated and modernized locker rooms, the audio speaker arrays and scoreboard systems control room and an adjacent press room.
Fresh paint covers the Bulls Locker room.

Fresh paint covers the Bulls Locker room.

   
The view down the staircase from the Bulls Locker room

The view down the staircase from the Bulls Locker room

The Cow Palace concessions are also seeing extensive upgrades, as well as the addition of several flat screen televisions throughout the concourse.   The new ice-level beer garden should be complete before the first exhibition game and is destined to be an instant hit for fans as a place to meet up with friends, grab a drink, and watch some of the action from right behind the net.
Display case featuring previous hockey teams that have played in Cow Palace

Display case featuring previous hockey teams that have played in Cow Palace

 
The Bulls will host their first exhibition game at the Cow Palace against the Stockton Thunder on Wednesday October 3.   The much-anticipated regular season will get underway Friday, October 12, against the Bakersfield Condors.
The season opens on October 12%2C 2012 at Cow Palace

The season opens on October 12%2C 2012 at Cow Palace


 
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