Dubai Sports City relied on broadcast solutions specialists Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – to devise, supply and install a high-performance, integrated broadcast system for its new, state-of-the-art cricket stadium.
Designed in association with the International Cricket Council (ICC) – now based in Dubai – the stadium is the jewel in DSC’s crown, and is known as one of the most high-tech of its kind in the world.
Gravity Media’s expert systems integrators ensured the installation design covered every area of the club, including the field areas, commentator rooms, the stand areas and press rooms.
The high-tech broadcasting network included a total of 37 wall boxes, along with 33 triax camera positions, 27 fibre camera positions, 53 video tie lines, 92 data tie lines and 136 audio tie lines, all of which use Belden or Draka cable.
Wall boxes were set up with triax camera positions and HD fibre camera positions so as to cater for High Definition productions.
To complete the installation, Gravity Media provided a crew of five Riggers, three Wireman, a Project Engineer and a Project Manager, as well as using some local labour.
The HD broadcast cable and control room installation at Dubai International Stadium – known at the time as Dubai Sports City Stadium – was completed by Gravity Media’s expert team on time and within budget.
The entire broadcast infrastructure was built in just four weeks, which for a stadium that size, is an incredibly fast turnaround. Gravity Media’s accomplished team ensured it was all-systems-go in time for the stadium’s opening, on April 22, 2009.