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City of Hamilton – Tim Hortons Field
Applied Electronics Scores a Touchdown with New HD Control Room at City of Hamilton’s New Tim Hortons Field Stadium
Home to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a Canadian Football League (CFL) team with 15 Grey Cup Championships, the newly constructed Tim Hortons Field is a multi-purpose stadium that replaced Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. With a total capacity of over 24,000, the stadium has the flexibility and ability to expand to accommodate up to 40,000 for world class events, such as the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, future Grey Cup games, major outdoor concerts, as well as amateur football, amateur soccer, and other local group events.
The goal for the stadium was to have the flexibility, capacity and physical resources to host a broad range of sports and live entertainment events at Tim Hortons Field. The stadium’s design concept was based on the vision of the ultimate fan experience, which focuses on comfort and accessibility. Not only can fans enjoy the game on their televisions, computers, and mobile devices within the comforts of their own homes, but they can enjoy the comforts of home at the stadium, with all the well-designed amenities to enhance the Fan Experience.
“Applied Electronics helped bring this vision to life with an integrated media system that offers the Game Day production crew innovative tools to shape the ultimate Fan Experience,” says Jamie Easson, Manager of Systems Engineering at Applied Electronics. “They now have the latest technologies to create the desired content, control and distribute it to any media platform for the fans in the stadium, at home, at work, or wherever they may be. It is truly a unique vision that has come to life.”
Applied Electronics worked closely with the City of Hamilton and owners of the Tiger-Cats in the design of the new control room systems with the goal to facilitate ease of production operation on Game day by enabling flexibility in the creation and distribution of content to the large video board, the hundreds of LED monitors throughout the building, as well as online to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ official website and social media properties.
Applied Electronics pre-built all of the equipment racks and set up the systems at its 55,000 square foot Mississauga facility to conducted advance training for the Tiger-Cats’ production team, in order to minimize the on-site installation time requirement and alleviate the time restraints on the project timeline caused by construction delays. And as soon as the green light was given, the equipment was packed up and delivered to the stadium where on-site systems integration commenced.
The control room is equipped with a Ross Vision Tritium 8RU production switcher, a Ross NK Series scalable 64x64 3G/HD/SD SDI routing system, RTS/Telex Zeus III compact 32-port digital intercom matrix system, and Panasonic VIERA 55-inch full HD LED Life+ LCD monitors for multi-viewing.
An AJA Ki Pro Rack file-based recorder/player with ProRes 422 and DNxHD codecs is used for recording high quality images and instantly queuing up any video clip for playback and direct editing control. An Evertz DreamCatcher 8-channel robust, scalable and modern IP-based replay system. Ross XPression real-time motion graphics system, clip server and workflow tools are used for 3D CG.
For editing live and recorded footage and other content, an Avid Interplay Production system is used to manage and coordinate content creation, automate workflow and facilitate remote collaboration. Enabling editors to capture, monitor and output media quickly, they leverage Avid Artist DNxIO software which offers a video I/O interface. Additionally, to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Avid Media Composer video editing software delivers accelerated high resolution and HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and power media management to editors.
A Ross Inception social media management system, which offers a toolset to discover and curate social media content for use in productions, is used to bring text and image content from social media into graphics playout. Inception manages the moderation and approvals of content from social media channels, and prompts user engagement via social media pulling. An Imagine Communications SelinioFlex Live Stream live/linear multiscreen encoding system is used to provide these engaging experiences across devices, delivering pristine images and sterling audio to viewers.
Tim Hortons Field also boasts:
- A new world class high definition videoboard that displays live football content and statistics, and is approximately 20% larger than the videoboard at Ivor Wynne Stadium to enhance the fans’ in-bowl experience;
- Several hundreds of high definition LED monitors throughout the building which display football content to augment the viewing experience when outside the seating bowl, which includes the concourses, washrooms and customized hospitality areas; and
- A new professional sound system that delivers crisp, clear, high calibre audio to all sections and areas throughout the building.
Construction of the Tim Hortons Field broke ground in late 2012, was completed in summer of 2014, and the stadium opened its doors in September 2014. While some upgrades and minor touch-ups continued into summer 2015, the stadium welcomed athletes from around the world in July when it hosted 32 soccer games for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and was temporarily renamed as CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium during the course of the international event.
Following the conclusion of the Pan Am Games, Tim Hortons Field resumed its operations as the home of the Tiger-Cats – hosting the team’s first home game in the new stadium on Monday, September 7, to win the CFL Labour Day Classic with a 13-12 victory over Toronto Argonauts.