Khalifa International Stadium upgrade

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THE CUSTOMER

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha is the first renovated venue to be ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Our customer was Midmac, one of the largest Qatari contracting organisations, and one of the delivery partners helping the Aspire Zone Foundation to get the facilities in the Aspire Zone sports complex up to scratch in time for kick-off.

THE PROJECT

Midmac commissioned Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – to install an in-stadium broadcast system, enabling broadcasters to plug into the permanent on-site infrastructure from multiple positions to enable a variety of live productions.

Our team was tasked with the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the system, which had to be completed in time for the 2017 Emir Cup final that the 40,000-seat arena was scheduled to host.

THE APPROACH

Our solution comprised 51 wall boxes installed at various locations around the ground. Each of these boxes is connected to a central OB patch room – a solution that required some 131,200 metres of cable, including Triax, SMPTE, audio and single-mode fibre connection.

The location of the boxes needed careful planning to allow productions to be as flexible as possible, as the stadium is a multi-purpose venue used for both football and athletics.

Within the OB patch room, Gravity Media installed an Imagine Communications-based audio and video distribution infrastructure, as well as conversion equipment.

The work was carried out by our own team of skilled cable installation experts, and managed through our local office in Doha.

THE OUTCOME

The Khalifa International Stadium re-opened on schedule in May 2017, with a spectacular opening ceremony immediately before the final of the Emir Cup (Al-Sadd beat rivals Al Rayyan 2–1 on the night).

As well as the broadcast infrastructure, the stadium’s renovation also included the installation of a new roof that covers all seats, and innovative cooling technology to keep both players and spectators comfortable throughout the year.

The high-tech new stadium will host 2022 FIFA World Cup matches up to the quarter-final stage, as well as the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

GEARHOUSE BROADCAST HAS BECOME GRAVITY MEDIA

On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.


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