DNB Arena

ProjectDNB ArenaLocationStavanger, NorwayManufacturersAbsenInstallerGoal SportSubmitted byAbsen

DNB Arena is an indoor ice hockey rink in Stavanger, Norway, and home to the Fjordkraftligaen side Stavanger Oilers. Opened ahead of the 2012–13 season, the arena has a capacity for 4,500 spectators during ice hockey matches and 6,000 during concerts, including 36 executive boxes. Goal Sport, an international AV integrator with expertise in LED screen technology, was tasked with delivering a turnkey installation for the new central visual display in the DNB Arena.

Goal Sport chose Absen to supply these screens due to a long-standing relationship with its European team and exceptionally high standard of its products. This equipped the Goal Sport team with the assurance and certainty that the result would exceed all expectations, fully enhancing the fan experience at the arena.

The Absen K3 Plus was specified for its lightweight and flat design, flexible installation, and easy front and rear maintenance. To maximize the impact, the screens were customized with a 3.9mm pixel pitch to provide a higher brightness and refresh rate for optimal visibility from all angles.

Goal Sport worked closely with Norwegian partners, VideoForce to also upgrade the content management system for smart in-broadcasting and video officiating applications.

With four screens in total and installed in a convex design, each screen measures 6m x 7m, resulting in a striking 168m2 of LED.

The centre cube brings the arena to life, providing a 20% larger surface area and edge-to-edge LED at a slight tilt of 2° for a sleek finish and clear view. To ensure the venue’s versatility, the lower two meters of the centre cube can be dismantled to accommodate events with varying height requirements. This beneficial flexibility allows the arena to host a wide range of events, including music concerts, circuses, and indoor motocross, while still utilising the centre cube display.

The Absen K3 Plus screens provide superior image quality and visibility, while the comprehensive software solution ensures seamless operation and control for an unmissable arena experience.

DNB Arena is a fantastic multifunctional arena that houses a large number of entertainment and sporting events, and it can be converted from a hockey game to a concert stage in 24 hours. The pressure was high to ensure that this project maintained the impressive quality standard and fantastic fan experience.

Due to a successful and long-standing relationship between Goal Sport and Absen, the project ran seamlessly from start to finish, with outstanding results beyond expectation.

This project should win due to the valuable partnership between Absen and Goal Sport resulting in a state-of-the-art centre cube display that not only enhances the fan experience, but also expands the possibilities for the DNB Area and supports Stavanger Oilers in their premium league position.