Industry Highlight: SVG Venue Initiative White Paper
Author: Rick Price
There are thousands of venues and hundreds of professional live event productions carried out across America daily. These productions are put together by different sized teams and with different amounts of infrastructure and support, some are from mobile-production-units, while others are in-venue control rooms.
Outside of where the event is being produced from, there are even more variables to consider like size of venue, crowd or conditions. A midday college baseball game, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden and a MLS Soccer game all vary in venue size, prospective crowd size and the sport being played. All of these variables are sometimes hard to navigate, and that is where the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper comes into play.
A white paper is a industry report or guide that helps lead readers to understand an issue, solve a problem or make a decision. Sports Video Group created a venue initiative white paper as a resource guide of best-practice guidelines for live event industry professionals.
The SVG Venue Initiative White Paper is a one-stop-shop of information on video cameras and their support infrastructure. Camera operation coaching in an educational or classroom setting or are creating infrastructure for a national-network broadcast with dozens of cameras and millions of viewers like the Superbowl.
Whether you’re a venue owner of a stadium or concert stage, operator, developer, architect or other industry professional, the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper hopes to be a site to find peer-reviewed advice and baseline information on many different aspects of the industry.
There are thousands of variables in creating, running and operating an event, yet there are similar underlying best practices and values that apply to all potential applications within the live events industry, and the SVG Venue White Paper aims to ensure that all venue operations run smoothly andthat all industry professionals have the tools to put on the best show possible.
The purpose of the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper is to be a resource of peer-reviewed best-practice guidelines for venue owners, operators, developers, architects, and other interested parties. The White Paper is intended to provide baseline information on broadcast, AV, RF, and more, including recommended minimum requirements for current day-to-day in-house operations that incorporate the needs of network broadcasters in covering events.
Provision for the use of video cameras and their associated support infrastructure has become a key element of modern venue design. The focus of this document is live video production and its infrastructure for professional applications ranging from coaching video, in-venue displays, and streaming video all the way to national-network broadcasts with dozens of cameras and millions of viewers.
Although requirements vary in scope and complexity according to the venue, the sport played, and the prospective audience, the same underlying best practices apply to all potential applications. From mobile-production-unit compounds to in-venue control rooms to wireless-frequency coordination, the aim of the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper is to ensure that venue operations run smoothly and that venue operators have the tools to put on the best show possible.
Section C: Wireless Device Management and Frequency Coordination
The purpose of this section is to be a resource of peer-reviewed best-practice guidelines for venue operators and other interested parties in the day-to-day operational deployment and management of all wireless Radio Frequency (RF) technologies commonly used in sports/ entertainment venues.
Section D: Maintaining Broadcast Cabling Infrastructure
The purpose of this section is to outline best practices for existing cable installations, including the personnel and procedures to cover basic maintenance, as well as recommended maintenance, testing, and replacement intervals. The document also provides information on establishing standard operating procedures for temporary cabling and for expanding existing cabling infrastructure.
NEW! Section E: In-Venue Closed Captioning
With every new sports venue, remodel, or video-scoreboard renovation comes a decision each sports organization must make: how to comply with federal and local regulations on providing in-venue live closed-captioning content for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. This section of the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper will summarize current regulations, review technical and operational requirements, and offer examples of quality in-venue captioning from several professional and collegiate teams.
If you would like to contribute to the current sections of the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper or have suggestions for a future section, please contact Rick Price at firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen Hogan Ketchum at email@example.com.
Richard S. Price President/Owner of MOEBAM! Venue Media Services, LLC
After a richly rewarding 20 year career of sports broadcast and scoreboard production with the Orlando Magic, Rick Price launched MOEBAM! Venue Media Services, LLC in 2013 to provide IPTV/Digital Signage operational consulting and creative services to the sports and entertainment industry.
MOEBAM! has provided IPTV consultation, system implementation and day to day support services for the Orlando Magic, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Daytona International Speedway and Edmonton Oilers.
I have had the honor of working with the Sports Video Group for the past 4 years helping to create and grow the SVG Venue Initiative. Our purpose is to serve the information, networking, and business needs of engineering, IT, and broadcast executives in sports venues – both professional and collegiate – and provide a forum for stadium, team, league, and broadcast professionals to interact and spotlight venue best practices, technical hurdles, and trends.
One of the resources we provide the industry is the SVG Venue Initiative White Paper – an evolving resource of peer-reviewed best-practice guidelines for venue owners, operators, developers, architects, and other interested parties considering a sports/entertainment venue new build or renovation project. This series of industry white papers is a growing resource covering game presentation and fan-engagement technologies used in modern sporting venues. Each section was developed with the input of many respected industry professionals from teams, networks and venues with the intention of sharing and highlighting their technical and operational best-practices.