NHL to fit puck and player tracking tech in stadiums

30 Jan 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The NHL has announced that the 16 stadiums which will host Stanley Cup play-off fixtures this year will be fitted with the league’s player-tracking and puck-tracking technology, which will be extended to all 31 arenas in the division for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The move will see each arena equipped with 14-16 antennae and four cameras which will support the tracking technology, and a sensor placed on the shoulder pads of every player as well as inside each puck.

40 special sensor-equipped pucks have been manufactured for the initial play-off phase of the tech’s roll-out.

The move, announced by NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettmann, is designed as a viewing enhancement and will also allow broadcasters to be more creative in covering games.

Bettman said: “It’ll be, as a fan and a viewer, what you want it to be. You’ll be able to watch the game as you’ve always watched it traditionally if that’s what you want. There will be broadcast enhancements that the broadcasters can use either on the primary screen or on secondary screens. And there’ll be more data than ever before. 

“So in terms of getting inside the game, telling stories, you’re going to be able to do more things than ever before and even imagined.”

The technology will generate 200 data points per second for the players and 2,000 data points per second for the puck, creating a wealth of data for broadcasters and fans to get a grip on the game.