SeaTac, WA (May 24, 2012)—Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) recently restructured the in-house video production control room the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
The home field for the Timbers soccer and Portland State University Vikings football, JELD-WEN Field in Portland, OR is an outdoor stadium that opened in 1926 and seats about 20,400. Over the years, the facility has had several major renovations. Part of the 2010-2011 renovation included the installation of a 37x20-foot HD video board at the south end of the stadium and an upgrade of the control room, which is housed in a small, two-level portion of the press box.
To improve their game day workflow and add fiber connectivity, which had not been done in 2011, the Timbers hired professional video and audio systems integration firm ABS. Rather than start from scratch or install all new systems, ABS kept costs down by re-engineering the existing workspace. The two-day project was completed in time for the team's season opener against the Philadelphia Union on March 12.
The control room redesign included a variety of updates, including moving the audio operator and a compact mixer into the lower part of the control room. Positioned between the PA announcer and scoreboard operator, the audio operator now serves a producer role during games as well. Meanwhile, the video content workstations were re-clustered together on the second level.
Jennifer Smoral, director, events and promotions, Portland Timbers, said the control room was renovated before the 2011 MLS season. "We ran a really good show and everything worked," she explained, "but we came to realize quickly there could be a more efficient setup. We are pleased now that we are able to produce an even better in-game experience for our fans."