Arena performances now have NEW blackout experience
The Anaheim Arena, an integral part of the Anaheim Convention Center has been the site of many memorable events, including the 1984 Olympic Games, classic live acts by well-known performers, sporting events and much more. The Convention Center first opened its doors to the public in 1967 and with a seat capacity of 7,500, the 28,000 square feet arena has undergone five renovations since then. The latest aesthetic improvements made to the 40 year old plus building now reflect the theme and decor of the adjacent Convention Center. A significant part of the renovation included window coverings. The challenge - to address the bright sunlight coming through the sloped windows over 40 feet high to blackout the arena during performances. SMC Builders, Inc. selected Sheward & Son & Sons to take on the challenge to custom design and engineer room darkening window treatments that would expand in a circular pattern angled around the entire arena.
An innovative concept was born, using a wireless remote, the motorized roller shades retract in the exclusively designed channels that support and guide the fabric to reveal the sunlight while preventing the shade from falling forward. When the shade closes the motor pushes the shade downward, creating a simultaneous coordinated blackout experience in the arena. A total of 60 motorized roller shades (20 3-banded pieces roughly 300”w x 200”h) were individually installed over a three month period. The project is now completed and fully operational today. Terry Sheward, CEO of Sheward & Son & Sons commented, “We really enjoy the opportunities where a challenge presents itself in a project. This unique solution came from well thought out design and engineering. We look forward to the next project, as each brings a new set of challenges to embark on.”