Now that we have seen all five new NHL scoreboards for this season, I am prepared to review each one and rank them. These are just my opinion and you are welcome to disagree and let me know why in the comments below.
The most recent team to put their own fan's wishes on behind their own would be the Vancouver Canucks. In recent years the team has tried out a few different goal songs but none have taken off like "Holiday" by Green Day. After high demand from fans for this song, the Canucks brought it back last season, and it seemed like the goal song saga was over once and for all. However if there is one thing I have learned from my own team (the St. Louis Blues) if management wants to make a change that is unpopular with the fans, they will never give up.
The Predators did not tell us what the scoreboard would look like. They let us find out one piece at a time as it was being constructed. After a rendering leaked, two thirds of the construction on the board was completed, and specs were revealed, we now know just about everything about the new video board in Bridgestone arena.
Times are changing and so are the ways people watch live sporting events... or don't watch them. Arenas around the league struggle to fill seats. Some struggle to sell tickets, while others sell out but still can't fill seats. Remarkably, most rinks seem to have the same answer, and that is to avoid the issues causing these empty seats, and just replace them with black seats. Black will show up less on TV so people will be led to believe that the building is not empty.