Kraken ramping up efforts on pregame light shows, team intros

The Kraken on Saturday debuted a "digital graphics pregame opening" for the team that had been a "work-in-progress ever since the team’s COVID-19-impacted Oct. 23 home opener at Climate Pledge Arena," according to Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. The presentation, just under 4 minutes long, “opened with a nautical themed segment" meant to "symbolize a ship on stormy waters with warning sirens going off and the menacing growl of what was obviously a sea creature beneath the waters.” Amid “thunderclaps and more swirling waters,” a giant squid -- or Kraken -- tentacle “was lowered from the arena’s rafters in the dark.” Finally, the PA announcer’s voice “re-emerged telling fans ‘It’s time. To release. The Kraken!’” The arena’s lights “popped back on” and there was the tentacle, “protruding from the ice momentarily before being hoisted back up.” After that, the Kraken players “hit the ice.” The Kraken “hoped to have an introduction that went beyond the mostly videos and strobe lights” featured the past three months. But the late completion of the arena until a few days before the home opener “delayed some equipment and planned testing.” When the giant tentacle “finally was in place,” an engineering glitch “failed to properly account for how much lift would be required to hoist the tentacle back into place” (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/16).

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