Pictures of the Buccaneers' revamped control room.
Throughout the spring, Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers, has been undergoing renovations which will expand the team's scoreboards, implement a new, state-of-the-art sound system, renovate all luxury suites and upgrade the stadium's concessions.
Many of these elements are run through the team's control room, which has undergone an impressive transformation itself. The control room is the broadcast center for the stadium where live video and audio are managed. Workers in the room do not broadcast to television. Instead, they focus solely on the in-stadium experience displayed on the video boards and through the sound system.
Prior to the renovation plan, the Bucs' control room had five cameras with six channels of replay and one wireless camera, all of which were standard definition. That will change in 2016.
The team will have 12 cameras this season, all of which are 1080i high definition, with 18 channels of replay and two wireless cameras. The new cameras can zoom up to 99x, which is nearly strong enough to see a fan waving to the control room from downtown Tampa. In addition, there are 10 channels for graphics playback, whether it be stats from the game, updates from around the league or graphics celebrating a big play from the Buccaneers.
The control room has more than doubled in size with a production switcher three times bigger than the one previously used. A staff of 50 people will man the room, handling all video and audio going onto the boards and into the stadium.
For more on the renovations going on at Raymond James Stadium, click HERE.