Houston, TX (March 14, 2017)—While the New England Patroits’ win at Super Bowl LI may be fading into the record books now (not soon enough for Atlanta Falcons fans), the day will always be a memorable one for a different team that was onhand that day at NRG Stadium in Houston—the one from Professional Wireless Systems, which was was on-site working with Karl Voss and NFL Game Day Coordinators to supply RF management for the NFL referees and the on-field entertainment.
Additionally, ATK/Versacom partnered with PWS for the halftime performance by Lady Gaga, as well as proceedings just before the game. PWS and ATK also handled post-game festivities, which included the awarding of the Lombardi trophy and recognizing the MVP.
PWS general manager Jim Van Winkle and PWS lead RF coordinator Gary Trenda began collaborating with ATK/Audiotek’s project manager Paul Liszewski and general manager Brett Valasek in October to establish the needs of the show and game. They also worked with Matt Campisi of ATK/Versacom who handled all the intercom needs of the pre-game, halftime and post-game show.
To prepare an initial list of required frequencies for PWS’ portion of the events, Van Winkle and Trenda conducted a site survey and frequency sweep at NRG Stadium to see what they were up against in terms of spectrum. PWS submitted its list of frequency requirements to Karl Voss, the NFL’s lead frequency coordinator, who performed the frequency coordination for the Super Bowl and all surrounding events. Voss assigned frequencies to PWS for the gear provided by them and ATK, which included Shure Axient wireless microphone systems, Sennheiser 3732/5200-II microphones as well as Shure PSM 1000 in-ear personal monitoring systems. Voss assigned a Game Day Coordinator to oversee PWS’ activities throughout the game and entertainment portions as well.
PWS handled frequencies and equipment for the cast of Hamilton, which sang ‘America the Beautiful,’ and for Luke Bryan who sang the National Anthem, all on Shure Axient. The halftime show, which was entirely performed by Lady Gaga, utilized Sennheiser 3732 receivers with SKM 5200-II handhelds and Sennheiser MD5235 capsules. In addition, PWS managed eight Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitor channels with 32 receivers being deployed for the halftime show. PWS was also responsible for overseeing the frequencies for each of the referee mics, which were Axient body packs with a custom switch built by ATK.
In total, the PWS team operated close to 100 of the 1,000 frequencies being used.
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