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Description: Sports venues know fans demand a peerless experience when attending a sporting event, and the rise of the at-home experience means standards are higher than ever. A view of the field of play is no longer enough. Fans seek an immersive, electrifying experience. The energy and excitement must begin even before entering the park. Inside it must pervade, with fans able to stay in the action on the concourse, in commercial spaces, and even the pass through spaces. In response, venues make large investments in the total experience to ensure it is exceptional. Technology of course plays a large role, whether in the form of the large jumbotron screen on the field, the omnipresent announcement system, or the digital signs spread throughout the facility. Behind each aspect are specialists who assist the venues through consultation, design, and integration. Enter Pro AV and with it, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA). Dan Goldstein, AVIXA’s, Senior VP Content and Communications, will share some of the research the association has done to shed further light on the opportunities presented by exceptional fan experiences to creative AV professionals.
Dan Goldstein, VP of Content and Communications, AVIXA
Description: As stadium infrastructure becomes more sophisticated, with a clear focus on video and fan engagement, the challenge for the audio system inside sporting venues has developed significantly. With a huge amount of stadium projects completed over the years - including the state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta - Danley President, Mike Hedden, takes a look the recent changes, the new demands that have emerged and what the future holds for the audio sector in sporting venues.
Mike Hedden, President, Danley Sound Labs
Description: Opened in 1998, Stade de France, with its capacity of over 80,000, is one of the most recognisable stadiums in the world. As the largest stadium in France and a packed schedule year after year, Stade de France maintains its position as a go-to venue through the continued development of its technology and connectivity as stadiums step into the future. Jonas Djian, Venue Manager at Stade de France, explains what investments were made, why connectivity is so important to the stadium and the new services that can now be provided to fans.
Jonas Djian, Venue Manager, Stade de France
Description: Leagues, organisations and teams need to engage those inside the stadium in order to create the best possible fan experience. In this panel session, we’ll discuss how this can be done inside stadiums and venues and the part that technology plays. Featuring key stadium technology providers, the session will be centred around the integration of a new hypothetical multi-sport stadium.
Chair: Martin Izzard, Senior Account Manager, Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry | James Keen, Group Marketing Manager, Tripleplay | Lukas Buhl, R&D Acoustics, TW AUDiO | Stephen Hogg, Head of Sports Projects, d&b audiotechnik | Thierry Chapiteau, Global Segment Director, Signify
Description: In January 2016, Real Sociedad launched a digital transformation project at their home ground, Anoeta Stadium, as a result of a remodelling process. Since then, the club have activated 34 projects in fan engagement, business improvement, sport areas and the stadium. Following on from that, in a bid to introduce the smart stadium concept, Real Sociedad reached an agreement with Microsoft Sports and the Global Sports Innovation Center to launch a start-up programme, in which 11 technology pilots will be implemented to improve the facilities at the stadium, enhance innovation and transform the fan experience. Juan Iraola, Head of Digital at Real Sociedad, discusses the digital projects at the stadium and how the Sport Thinkers Smart Stadium programme will impact Anoeta Stadium.
Juan Iraola, Head of Digital, Real Sociedad
Description: From major international tournaments to club matches, the importance of sound in engaging the stadium audience and enhancing sporting drama is significant. Well produced audio content and quality live input systems, passing through an optimised signal processing chain to a well-designed high-performance loudspeaker system, in the hands of an experienced operator will provide greater impact and engagement than any other element of sports presentation.
Scott discusses the ideal stadium audio workflow including improving the audio quality of video packages, audio & video sync, optimisation using plug-ins and external processing, signal distribution for redundancy and electroacoustic design for quality, impact and intelligibility. Scott will also present some thoughts about what the future may hold for the live stadium audience in terms of applications for immersive 3D audio.
Scott Willsallen, Director, Auditoria