Gearhouse Broadcast was awarded the contract to provide the technical production facilities and broadcast transmission for the 2011 25th Winter Universiade. The games took place in Turkey between 27 January and 6 February 2011 and involved close to 3,000 athletes from all over the world. The Organising Committee approached Gearhouse Broadcast when they were looking for a broadcast solutions specialist to cover the Games opening and closing ceremonies, along with all the outdoor snow events.
Working closely with the Organising Committee, Gearhouse Broadcast provided high definition technical facilities and expert staff for each of the seven snow disciplines – Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country/Nordic Combined, Sky Jumping, Ice hockey, Snow Boarding and Free Style Skiing.
For the outdoor events, Gearhouse Broadcast provided state-of-the-art HD Outside Broadcast (OB) facilities. Each unit was equipped with:
Additional equipment included a CAMCAT high speed camera at the Ski Jump and a 100m Rail Camera at the Cross Country.
For the opening and closing ceremonies, Gearhouse Broadcast provided 12 mainline Sony cameras and a HD Spidercam suspended 70m above the stadium. Two cameras were mounted on Jimmy Jibs whilst the two Steady Cams utilised the Riedel Radio Link System.
In addition to the core contact, Gearhouse built and staffed the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) as well as providing location services such as studios and up linking facilities. The IBC facility comprised of:
Production from the IBC was distributed to EBU for worldwide distribution and by TRT (Turkish State Broadcaster) for the Turkish market.
The solutions were supported by a technical and engineering crew of 200 who were deployed across the seven different venues for the 10 day event.
The international multi-sport event provided plenty of thrills for those watching at home, as well as for those who attended the venues themselves, thanks to the bespoke, cost-effective, flexible solutions provided by Gearhouse Broadcast’s team of experts.
Technical crew played a key supporting role in ultimately ensuring seamless delivery of all footage and audio to FISU & broadcasters working from the Universiade.