Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Meet Me In St. Louis: Blues Upgrade Scottrade Center Control Room, Video Displays Ahead of NHL Season

22/09/2017

Meet Me In St. Louis: Blues Upgrade Scottrade Center Control Room, Video Displays Ahead of NHL Season New HD gear brings the arena experience into the 21st century By Karen Hogan Ketchum, Senior Editor

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:11 am

Print This Story

Story Highlights

After more than 20 years in downtown St. Louis, Scottrade Center has firmly established itself as a world-class destination for St. Louis Blues fans and concert-goers alike. But, with an all-analog control room and standard-definition video displays, the arena required an upgrade to keep up with the product on the ice and stage - and with NHL fans' game-day expectations.

Located on the Penthouse level in the corner of the Scottrade Center, the video-control room features two large windows that allow staff members to witness the fans' and players' reacting to the experience.

Prior to the 2016-17 season, as part of a multimillion-dollar arena-wide renovation, Scottrade Center gutted its Penthouse-level control room, removing its analog equipment - much of which had been manufactured in the late 1980s and far surpassed life expectancy. Working with Diversified, consulting- and design-services provider Idibri, and Grass Valley, the Blues invested in a wealth of HD gear that would bring Scottrade Center into the 21st century.

From the start, the team, management, fans, and even sponsors noticed the difference in quality of experience with the new video-control room, says Chris Frome, senior director, event presentation, St. Louis Blues. It has improved the arena experience and has given us the time and tools to create more quality content for arena visitors.

From Grass Valley, the Blues selected a 3M/E Karrera K-Frame S-series production switcher, three LDX 86 WorldCam cameras for HD/3G acquisition, an LDX 86 XtremeSpeed camera for 6X HD and 1X/3X 3G acquisition, an LDX C80 compact WorldCam camera for hard-to-reach and remote applications, XCU Universe XF base stations, six Densit 3 Frames for housing audio- and video-signal-processing modules, eight Kaleido-Modular-X multiviewers, two K2 Dyno replay systems with ShareFlex capability, an NVISION 8500 Hybrid Series router with 144 144 matrix, and an NV9000 controller.

It was time for them to make the substantial leap from an older, SD room to a 1080p room, and enhance the fan experience overall, says Tony Gaston, strategic account manager, stadiums and venues, Grass Valley. The benefit of working with Grass Valley, I think, is the single-hand-to-shake' aspect of having such a broad production portfolio. Up and down the line, we had a solution for them, and then, working through Diversified, we're able to come up with a solution that fit a very short time frame.

Over this past summer, the Blues upgraded their videoboards and added a wide variety of Ross Video equipment to support the new displays, including two two-channel XPression Studios with clip-player option for HD display graphics and seven two-channel XPression Studios with clip-player option to display content on other LED displays around the arena. We added a powerhouse of Ross XPressions to drive the content to the displays without any noticeable latency, notes Frome.

The team also added Ross Video Inception social-media bundle, Tessera Master, and four Carbonite switchers. The control room also features MultiDyne fiber transport, Clear-Com FreeSpeak intercom, BlackBox KVM, Sony OLED monitors, Leader multi-monitors, AJA Video Systems Ki Pro Ultra video recorders, a Yamaha CL5 audio console, and more.

In addition to the Grass Valley LDX cameras, the camera complement comprises two Wave Central RF systems for the roaming LDX WorldCam cameras; two Canon C100 cinematic cameras; two Panasonic ASW-UE70W PTZ cameras; and Canon lenses in 60X, 17X, and 24X options. For the live in-game production, the Blues integrate eight broadcast-camera feeds into their in-house complement.

For the videoboards, the Blues worked with Mitsubishi Electric to transform the centerhung display at Scottrade Center from one of the NHL's smallest to the one of the league's five largest. The new centerhung features four 30- x 22-ft. 4-mm displays, with a 6-mm upper-ring display, 6-mm bottom-ring display, four 6-mm corner-wedge displays, and two 4-mm underbelly displays. Mitsubishi Electric also designed and installed LED displays throughout the bowl, including a 10-mm lower-fascia display and 6-mm vomitory displays at every entrance.

To create content for the numerous new video displays, the Blues employ a team of eight full-time producers, editors, and motion designers; the full-time producers are responsible for the in-game production, while union technicians operate the equipment. The content itself is a mixture of features and elements dedicated to highlighting individual players, providing support for the team, and tapping into Blues fans' pride in their city. Frome plans to sync the video elements with the arena's new sound system and LED lighting system for a truly engaging, immersive fan experience.

We do some very entertaining interactive features that we want to engage the fans, says Frome. That's our philosophy: engage the fans, get personal with the players, and, of course, your standard stats. I think they're [really] going to see the new videoboard. That's going to be the biggest wow [this season].
LINK: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2017/09/21/meet-me-in-st-louis-blues-upgra...
See more stories from svg

Most recent headlines

22/10/2017

Harris Corporation Introduces Industry's First and Only Single-Band Voice and Data LTE Land Mobile Radio

Highlights: The industry's first and only converged single-band voice and d...

22/10/2017

The IABMs detailed report from the October AES Audio Standards meetings has been uploaded

IABM Detailed Report From the AES October 2017 Standards Meetings The IABM...

22/10/2017

AES 2017: Earthworks debut SV33 studio vocal mic

High-resolution mic with near-perfect cardioid pattern revealed Hardware > Microphone Video of Earthworks SV33 - AES 2017 Earthworks have launched a brand n...

22/10/2017

Austro Control relies on Thales to modernise Austrian aviation infrastructure

20.10.2017 Share Share this article Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn At the ATCA annual conference, Thales announced the commercial launch of its ...

21/10/2017

Sony preview new mics at AES show

Sony release first studio mics in over 20 years Hardware > Microphone Video of Sony C100, ECM100U & ECM100N - AES 2017 The Sony C800G is one of the most hig...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: JBL 7 Series powered monitors (Video)

JBL Pro 7 Series powered monitors shipping now Hardware > Monitors Video of JBL 7 Series Powered Studio Monitors - AES 2017 Harman were demoing their JBL Pr...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: sE 2200, V7x & V7 MC1 (Video)

Refined version of popular mic revealed along with new dynamic mic products Hardware > Microphone sE Electronics were out in force at the AES Convention in Ne...

21/10/2017

Sky Ocean Rescue to partner with Turn the Tide on Plastic Volvo Ocean Race team

Sky has stepped up its Ocean Rescue campaign and partnered with Turn the Tide on Plastic, a team competing in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race beginning ...

21/10/2017

2017 MLB Postseason Drives Audience Increases Across All Turner Platforms

2017 MLB Postseason Drives Audience Increases Across All Turner Platforms Viewership for TBS's Exclusive NLCS Coverage Up 88% vs. 2016 MLB Postseason Prop...

21/10/2017

Blockchain: a great opportunity for creators and media companies

Blockchain: a great opportunity for creators and media companies Crea Cultura, el movimiento de Atresmedia para defender y valorar la Propiedad Intelectual, ce...

21/10/2017

ATM Broadcast hires Jorge Espinosa as Business Development Manager

ATM Broadcast hires Jorge Espinosa as Business Development Manager Espinosa es ingeniero industrial de profesi n y cuenta con m s de 25 a os de experiencia en ...

21/10/2017

Antenna 3 and LaSexta, chains of higher quality and more entertaining study

Antenna 3 and LaSexta, chains of higher quality and more entertaining study Los dos canales de Atresmedia TV repiten, adem s, en el primer puesto de las TV con...

21/10/2017

How to transfer a playout cloud limits

C mo traspasar los l mites de un playout en la nube VSN organiza el pr ximo 24 de octubre un webinar que analizar c mo la nube puede convertirse en la aliada ...

21/10/2017

Genelec and IDA Audio develop an interesting audio immersive experience

Genelec and IDA Audio develop an interesting audio immersive experience Bas ndose en a os de investigaci n, los algoritmos de modelado de IDA Audio proporciona...

21/10/2017

PlayStation 3 and 4 users will have access to BeIN Connect with a wide range of football

PlayStation 3 and 4 users will have access to BeIN Connect with a wide range of ...

21/10/2017

Season Three of Billion Dollar Buyer' on CNBC January 3

Season three of Billion Dollar Buyer premieres on CNBC January 3. There are seven episodes this season, and Tilman Fertitta, hospitality mogul and new owner of ...

21/10/2017

SVG@Notre Dame: Scott Rinehart Breaks Down the Irish's Spectacular New Media Facility

SVG@Notre Dame: Scott Rinehart Breaks Down the Irish's Spectacular New Media...

21/10/2017

NBC's Mark Lazarus on the Power of Sport and the Challenges Ahead

NBC's Mark Lazarus on the Power of Sport and the Challenges Ahead We are training people to follow sports and not watch games' By Ken Kerschbaumer, Ed...

21/10/2017

Operation triumph 2017 will employ fifty mostly robotic camera

Operation triumph 2017 will employ fifty mostly robotic camera Situada en el Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya de Terrassa, la Academia del espacio producido por R...

21/10/2017

The German Bildquadrat updates its main mobile unit with Riedel

The German Bildquadrat updates its main mobile unit with Riedel Bildquadrat ha ampliado las capacidades integradas de transporte, enrutamiento, procesamiento d...

21/10/2017

Marcos Fajardo, founder of Solid Angle, will receive the special award of the Summa3D

Marcos Fajardo, founder of Solid Angle, will receive the special award of the Su...

21/10/2017

MediaPro internationalized its activity in eSports

MediaPro internationalized its activity in eSports Mejor producci n televisiva, profesionalizaci n de la competici n y mayor distribuci n de contenidos disting...

21/10/2017

Death of engineer and journalist Eugenio Fontn Prez, former SER

Death of engineer and journalist Eugenio Font n P rez, former SER Durante su gesti n al frente de la SER, se increment el n mero de emisoras de la cadena, se ...

21/10/2017

The shorts Baraka, of Nstor Ruiz Medina, and Graffiti, Llus Qulez, triumph in the International Festival of Hispasat 4K

The shorts Baraka, of N stor Ruiz Medina, and Graffiti, Llu s Qu lez, triumph in...

21/10/2017

Programs Viceland, the channel Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze, arrive in Spain

Programs Viceland, the channel Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze, arrive in Spain Odisea incluir a partir de noviembre una franja de programaci n en prime time de ...

21/10/2017

1.633.364 spectators attended the 13th Festival of cinema

1.633.364 spectators attended the 13th Festival of cinema Annabelle: Creation' ha sido la pel cula m s vista de esta edici n, seguida por Toc Toc' y ...

21/10/2017

The ICAA will start an ambitious international project to promote the short film

The ICAA will start an ambitious international project to promote the short film La Secretar a de Estado de Cultura tambi n est colaborando con la LFP en la p...

21/10/2017

Your face sounds like wears his new stage with 152 m2 of LED screen

Your face sounds like wears his new stage with 152 m2 of LED screen La productora Gestmusic Endemol ha vuelto a confiar en Sono como proveedor de servicios au...

21/10/2017

Asian Games V in Turkmenistan employed AEQ technology

Asian Games V in Turkmenistan employed AEQ technology El comit organizador encarg a AEQ 52 posiciones de comentarista desplegadas de forma permanente en una ...

21/10/2017

Put Your Halloween in Motion!

Halloween is almost here and that means it is time to get going on your scariest, spookiest, or just plain silliest videos of the year. Just in time, we've ...

21/10/2017

Grass Valley Demonstrates Flexible News and Live Production Solutions at SMPTE 2017

Grass Valley Demonstrates Flexible News and Live Production Solutions at SMPTE 2...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Radial Mix 2:1 & SAT 2 (Video)

Passive stereo attentuator and two-to-one summing mixer Hardware > Accessory Video of Radial Engineering Mix 2:1 & SAT 2 - AES 2017 At the AES show in New Y...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Radial Backtrack (Video)

Stereo Audio Switcher Hardware > Accessory Video of Radial Engineering Backtrack - AES 2017 The Backtrack from Radial Engineering is a compact stereo audio ...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Lewitt LCT540 Subzero (Video)

Lewitt claim new mics electrical self noise is -1dB Hardware > Microphone Video of Lewitt LCT540 Subzero - AES 2017 Austrian microphone maker Lewitt have be...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Sound Radix Powair (Video)

Adaptive Compressor and Limiter plug-in demoed at AES Software > Plug-in Video of SoundRadix - Powair compressor - AES 2017 We got a quick demo of the new P...

21/10/2017

Sonarworks launch Reference 4

Acoustic calibration software gets update Software > Processor Press Release: Sonarworks has released its fourth generation acoustic calibration software, Ref...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Manley Reference Silver (Video)

Large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone exhibited Hardware > Microphone Video of Manley Reference Silver - AES 2017 Sam Inglis, SOS Features Editor, got t...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Antelope Discrete Microphone System (Video)

Mic modelling system announced by Antelope Hardware > Audio Interface, Microphone Video of Antelope Audio - Discrete 4 & 8 interfaces - AES 2017 At the AES ...

21/10/2017

AES 2017: Eventide H9000 (Video)

Flagship effects processor announced at New York show Hardware > Effect Video of Eventide H9000 Having diversified from hardware into plug-ins and stompboxe...

20/10/2017

SAM appoints Sandra White as VP North America Sales

White brings 16+ years' experience as a sales leader within the broadcast, media and telecommunications sector SAM announces the appointment of Sandra White...

20/10/2017

Chinese DP Li Bingqiang on NEVER SAY DIE

Chinese DP Li Bingqiang on NEVER SAY DIE DP Li Bingqiang shares his experience working on NEVER SAY DIE. The Chinese comedy film was shot with ARRI ALEXA Min...

20/10/2017

METLIFE SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE PROPOSAL AT SPECIAL MEETING\u003cb\u003e\u003c/b\u003e

METLIFE SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE PROPOSAL AT SPECIAL MEETING NEW YORK, October 19, ...

20/10/2017

\u003cb\u003eBRIGHTHOUSE FINANCIAL FORM 10 DECLARED EFFECTIVE\u003c/b\u003e

BRIGHTHOUSE FINANCIAL FORM 10 DECLARED EFFECTIVE Spin-Off Record and Distribution Dates Confirmed...

20/10/2017

\u003cb\u003eMETLIFE TO ACQUIRE LOGAN CIRCLE PARTNERS, L.P.\u003c/b\u003e

METLIFE TO ACQUIRE LOGAN CIRCLE PARTNERS, L.P. Adds Seasoned Team with Strong Track Record in Fixed Income Significant Milestone Furthering MetLifes Enterpris...

20/10/2017

METLIFE\u0027S LEGAL SERVICES EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN NOW OFFERS CREDIT MONITORING SERVICES TO HELP PARTICIPANTS AVOID IDENTIFY THEFT

METLIFES LEGAL SERVICES EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN NOW OFFERS CREDIT MONITORING SERVI...

20/10/2017

\u003cb\u003eMETLIFE RELEASES ANNUAL CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT\u003c/b\u003e

METLIFE RELEASES ANNUAL CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT NEW YORK, June 21, 2017...

20/10/2017

\u003cb\u003eMETLIFE BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES SPIN-OFF OF BRIGHTHOUSE FINANCIAL\u003c/b\u003e

METLIFE BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES SPIN-OFF OF BRIGHTHOUSE FINANCIAL Approval...

20/10/2017

NEW TECHNOLOGY HUBS OFFER STRONG GROWTH \u0026amp; DIVERSIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES, METLIFE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT STUDY FINDS

NEW TECHNOLOGY HUBS OFFER STRONG GROWTH & DIVERSIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES, METLIFE...