‘Tech’ It Out: University of Phoenix Stadium Gets Revamped for Super Bowl XLIX
Check out how Pro Sound & Video upgraded the University of Phoenix Stadium just in time for Super Bowl XLIX.
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University of Phoenix Stadium will be wearing its Sunday best when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks square off for Super Bowl XLIX this weekend, with many technology and security improvements highlighting the building where one team will end the night as NFL champion.
Many of the upgrades (including 200 extra HD cameras, black hawk helicopters and X-rays) won’t be readily noticeable to fans, and that’s sort of the point. But some of the $18 million in improvements to the nine-year-old home of the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale are intended to make fans’ jaws drop and their eyes get a little bigger.
That starts with HD video boards at each end of the stadium that are three times larger than their predecessors, including a 54-foot-by-164-foot board in the south end zone that spans the width of the field and a 27-foot-by-97-foot board in the north end zone.
To make the most of those video boards and their new capabilities, Pro Sound & Video of Miami continued its long-standing relationship with the Cardinals by installing 13 Sony cameras around the stadium that can capture action on the field and in the stands.
All told, University of Phoenix Stadium is equipped with 38 IT closets to support the Cisco Wi-Fi system. That system has the capability of allowing all 63,000 fans to access the network at the same time if they’d like to do so.
Pro Sound, a PSNI affiliate whose work with the Cardinals started in 2003 when the team was building University of Phoenix Stadium, also installed an Evertz EQX switch that features four so-called “dream catchers,” cameras that allow for freeze-frames, replays and zooms on important plays or in-stadium shenanigans.
Pro Sound’s work during nine weeks last off-season also included installing one of the first Ross Acuity switchers and a DigiCo SD10 audio mixing console in a brand-new production suite that gives the Cardinals, or the NFL, the capability for to broadcast in the stadium in 4K.
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