Islanders fan Gary Noll advocates for closed captioning in sports arenas
The UBS Arena is set to open in November 2021. This baseball stadium includes state-of-the-art contactless concessions and scoreboards with on-site closed captioning. The latter feature is a novel luxury for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Gary Noll designed the project to implement closed captioning. Noll is a scientist and member of the Islanders’ Booster Club. Born deaf to deaf parents, Noll wants the Islanders to have the most advanced closed-captioning system possible. Noll’s efforts have taken hold in many stadiums across the New York and New Jersey areas–and it’s exciting to see if these features will take off elsewhere.
Edited by Stephanie Stott, Staff Writer.