Calgary Flames TV Rebuild

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In June 2013, Alberta was struck with immense flooding caused by extreme heavy rainfall, devastating much of the province’s natural and business infrastructure. The natural disaster left Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome inundated in over 20 feet of water.  Operating out of the Saddledome is Flames TV, the Calgary Flames’ broadcast organization which produces hockey and live events for in-house and web-based broadcasts and contributes to television broadcasts and productions throughout North America.

The entire ground floor of the Saddledome including the Flames TV control room, coaches’ rooms, telephone room, and dressing rooms were immersed in muddy, contaminated water.  When the water receded, nothing was recoverable due to the severity of the water damage. The entire broadcast equipment chain, from inception to playout, needed to be replaced and Flames TV immediately contacted Applied Electronics to help forge a plan to rebuild their facility in time for the first pre-season Flames game which was scheduled for September 10.  This restrictive schedule left only 10 weeks to plan and design all the systems, order equipment and materials, build all the broadcast systems from scratch, commission and test them.

Equipment Utilized:
  • Ross Video Tridium, 3ME Switcher
  • Ross Video Expression Character Generators
  • Ikegami HDK95 Cameras
  • Evertz EQX Router and VIPX Multi-viewer
  • Ross Video Glue and Conversion
  • Telex Adam Intercom
  • Ikegami RS1710 Broadcast Monitors
  • Tektronix 5200 Rasterizers
  • AJA FS2
  • AJA Conversion
  • EVS Server/Playback System
  • Presonus Audio Console
  • Wohler Audio Monitoring
  • TBC Consoles
  • Middle Atlantic Racks

Applied Electronics replaced the Flames TV control room with all new broadcast and production equipment, consoles, racks, and systems infrastructure. And since many broadcast trunks ran throughout the building, all building infrastructure cabling had to be re-done, in coordination with a secondary contractor.  The Coaches’ rooms, which housed a great deal of displays and projectors, and the Telephone Room, where signals were demarked, all required reconstruction and substantial sub-routing and conversion.

After working tirelessly for weeks to meet the September 10th deadline, Applied Electronics completed the systems rebuild and commissioning on time which allowed Flames TV to go on air on September 14th.  Coordinating the project in harmony with the hard-working Flames TV staff and other subcontractors was both challenging and extremely rewarding for the Applied Electronics team.

The entire Flames organization was impressed and ecstatic with the outcome. Calgary Sports & Entertainment CEO, John Bean stated, “On behalf of the Calgary Flames organization, thank you for providing leadership and raw horsepower to get the job done. This was an amazing project that could only have been accomplished through the hard work and sacrifice made by many people including our great partners at Applied Electronics. The work and dedication of so many people who sacrificed valuable time away from family and friends to help us get back on our feet did not go unnoticed.”

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