Systems Integration – Stadiums And Arenas

Systems Integration

As part of a series of blogs on Gravity Media Group’s core services, here we take a quick look at Gearhouse Broadcast’s systems integration services within stadiums and arenas. The Gearhouse team has decades of experience covering every aspect of big-venue systems implementation, from planning and consultancy through to design, engineering, project management, installation, commissioning, training, maintenance and aftercare.

And as our business operates worldwide, customers benefit not only from our capacity to take on projects big and small anywhere in the world, but also a uniquely flexible service, both operationally and commercially.

For a recent project in the Middle East, we were commissioned to install a broadcast system within Qatar’s most historic sporting venue – the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. Built in 1976 and completely renovated in 2017, the 40,000-seat arena has previously hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, and will play a major role in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

A key requirement of the project was to enable broadcasters to plug into the permanent on-site infrastructure from multiple positions (to allow a variety of live productions). Our team took on end-to-end responsibility for the job, first advising on planning and design, and then overseeing the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the entire system.

The solution required 51 wall boxes (and 131,200 metres of cable!) installed at various locations around the ground, each connected to a central OB patch room that we kitted out with an Imagine Communications-based audio and video distribution infrastructure, as well as conversion equipment.

For all your AV, IPTV, cable infrastructure, production facility, large-screen playout and digital signage needs in venues ranging from sport and entertainment to corporate events, our solutions will ensure you’re constantly connected and fully prepared for content creation and distribution.