Today the United Center, with the Blackhawks, Bulls and hospitality partner Levy announced many upgrades they have planned for the 2019-20 season, which included showing off the UC's brand new, state of the art scoreboard.
It was also announced that in honor of the United Center's 25th Anniversary, the United Center will have a tour program for the first time since 2000. The United Center tour program started on October 28 and allows fans to tour the historic stadium on select non-event dates.
Sergio Lozano is the Sr. Director of Scoreboard Operations for the United Center, and he was thrilled to discuss the many awesome features of the new scoreboard.
"It runs on six independent hoists," stated Lozano, referring to how the fact that the scoreboard runs on six separate hoists, which allows them to independently lower certain parts of the scoreboard. He also discussed the inner video ring, which should improve the experience quite a bit for the viewers in the lower levels.
"We're really excited about the inner video ring display, which will benefit everyone probably in the first 10-12 rows of the 100 Level."
Lozano added that there are also four separate AUX cords which are on independent hoists, helping Lozano and co. really get creative with the in-game experience. The last United Center scoreboard lasted 13 years and they are hoping for an even longer run for the latest edition.
"Every single fan that is going to come to a Bulls or a Blackhawks game is going to have a brand new experience, and I think that is really exciting for us at the United Center," Lozano said.
The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.
The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer.
Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him.
Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.
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Team record? Eh. Team value? No worries here.
The Bulls are sitting pretty with the fourth-highest value of all NBA teams, valued at $2.6 billion. These evaluations are coming from Forbes, who released their annual Business of Basketball list — a way to rank each team’s worth and revenue — on Wednesday. With its current value, the Bulls only trail the New York Knicks ($3.6 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($3.3 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($3.1 billion).
But what does this mean for the team?
The Bulls’ $2.6 billion value is an amount based on the team’s current arena deal, without taking out debt deductions.
And despite the past few frustrating seasons, the team has maintained its value. This includes the team raking in $281 million in revenue they can call their own.
These skyrocketed numbers are becoming a growing trend, and Forbes notes how this is testament to how lucrative professional basketball has become. According to their data, this is the first year each team worth is at least $1 billion with the average team franchise worth hovering around $1.36 billion — a 3.5-fold increase over the last 5 years.