Zurich, Switzerland, August 2014: After the FIFA World Cup, the European Athletics Championship in Zurich is another major sporting event expected to draw millions of viewers. For the eight days from 12 through 17 August 150 000 visitors are expected at the Lezigrund Stadium in Zurich, with another 370 million viewers following the event on TV.
Swiss Radio and TV Corporation SRG who acts as host broadcaster has access to truly impressive experience with these kinds of events. One of STAGETEC’s longstanding clients, tpc, technology and production center switzerland ag, is in charge of the technical implementation of the clean feeds for all 47 finals. As a result, all audio feeds will be provided using STAGETEC gear.
For the distribution of the host signal, the International Broadcast Center will be based on a NEXUS network consisting of a NEXUS STAR and five NEXUS Base Devices. No fewer than seven OB trucks — five AURUS- and two CRESCENDO-based control rooms — will be used to capture the action inside the stadium. To this end, the OB trucks are to be connected to a NEXUS network consisting of 16 base stations.
tpc’s HD1, a large OB truck fitted with an AURUS console, is serving as main control room. The HD1 is always the first choice of tpc when it comes to covering major sporting events and was also used for the grand Sochi productions earlier this year.
A second AURUS control room and an additional OB truck with a CANTUS system is stationed in downtown Zurich where the walkers and marathon runners compete for gold. In addition to the finest STAGETEC technology, almost all control rooms commissioned for this event will use four DELEC COM3 Commentator Terminals each for multilingual live comments within Switzerland.