Despite the new $650,000 scoreclock in the Interior Savings Centre being almost two metres higher than the one it replaced, it won't cause visibility problems for concertgoers.
City parks and civic facilities manager Jeff Putnam said Wednesday the clock will be cranked up to the ceiling for special events, just the same as the old one was.
Although the flashy new scoreclock has twice the screen space of the old one, it isn't expected to cause any problems for spectators, he said.
Visibility from all of the seating areas was looked at — with the screen down for hockey games and up for concerts.
Putnam said from the hockey-game perspective, the screen can be viewed from even the highest seats. There are a few where the top ring isn't visible, but that's mostly used for animation.
For concerts, the clock will probably be winched up to the ceiling. The roof didn't need to be reinforced to handle the larger scoreclock, as it has a capacity of 4,545 kilograms. The new clock is about 4,320 kilograms.
"It's secured with four independent safety lines. It's virtually impossible for it to fall down," he said.
"The winch motor is a worm gear. So even if all four lines broke, it would come down slowly because of the worm gear. It's like a big corkscrew."
The new screen system drew rave reviews from the Canadian Curling Association. The high-definition screens were an asset for the City in attracting the group and the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, especially when compared with the old ones they replaced.
"The only concern they had about the venue was the older clock," said Putnam.
The screen will be put to full use at the Sept. 20 Kamloops Blazers game. Putnam said a free movie night is also in the works, but dates are still being sorted out.