Less Than Two Weeks Until SVG’s Sports Venue Technology Summit!

Join representatives of the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, University of Colorado, and many more at SVG’s Sports Venue Technology Summit at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This annual event showcases the latest in sports-venue technology and workflows and provides an exceptional opportunity to network with production leaders in the Denver market.

Sports Authority Field in Denver,Colo. September 7, 2014 (AP Photo/Eric Bakke)

This year’s Sports Venue Technology Summit kicks off on Monday June 22, with an Opening Night Reception at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday June 23, SVG travels to Sports Authority Field for a full day of panel discussions on the recent renovation boom, the latest in replay servers and graphics engines, how to choose the best cameras and lenses, and how to get the most out of your video-control room. The day will begin and end with a special focus on the Denver market: representatives of several local teams and broadcasters, as well as of technology vendors, will discuss the unique demands of the market and how the groups work together to improve communication, pool local resources, and create the best show possible for both in-venue and at-home audiences.

Space is filling up fast, so reserve your spot today! CLICK HERE to register.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

There’s no question where the loyalties lie at Sports Authority Field.

There’s no question where the loyalties lie at Sports Authority Field.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High with the Denver Broncos’ Production Team
Prior to the 2013 NFL season, the Denver Broncos completed a $24 million renovation of the A/V facilities at Sports Authority Field. Before a behind-the-scenes tour, hear from the team’s production staff about how the video upgrades have affected the game-day presentation.
Mike Bonner, Senior Director, Event Presentation and Production
Pat Jordan, Director, Technical and Broadcast Operations
Jeremy Wecker, Manager, A/V Technology and Engineering
Nick Young, Supervising Producer

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Denver Perspectives: Local Teams Weigh In
Every team — from every league and every level — must make the best of its production system to engage hometown fans in the venue. Local teams discuss their current facilities and production resources, game-day workflows, and how they strive to put on the best show possible.
Moderator: Karen Hogan, SVG, Senior Editor/Editor, Venue Tech Journal
Mike Bonner, Denver Broncos, Senior Director, Event Presentation and Production
Billi Capra, Altitude Sports & Entertainment, VP, Broadcast Services
John Hess, Colorado Rapids, Event Presentation Manager
Eric Pelloni, University of Colorado, Assistant Director, BuffVision
Nick Young, Denver Broncos, Supervising Producer

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. The Renovation Boom
The past few years have seen a number of large-scale renovations intended to breathe new life into old venues. From replacing aging SD videoboards with gargantuan HD displays to enhancing connectivity and engagement through IPTV and WiFi, experts explain how venue renovations can reinvigorate a fan base.
Moderator: Robert Jordan CFE, Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, SVP
Michael Chorpash, VITEC, VP
Pete Sakosky, Cisco Sports and Entertainment, Technical Solutions Architect
Chris Williams, WJHW, VP

11:00 a.m. – Noon Sports Authority Field at Mile High Tour

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

The video-control room at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The video-control room at Sports Authority Field

1:00 – 1:40 p.m. Maximizing Your Control Room: Technology Update
With venue new builds and renovations grabbing headlines, it’s easy to forget the work happening behind the scenes to bring project proposals and artistic visions to life. Systems integrators, consultants, and tech vendors weigh in on recent projects, the latest technology trends, and how to get the most out of your control room.
Moderator: Rick Price, MOEBAM! Venue Media Services, President/ SVG Venue Initiative, Committee Chair
Kevin Cottam, Ross Video, Business Development Manager, Sports and Live Events
John FitzRandolph, BeckTV, VP, Engineering
Pat Jordan, Denver Broncos, Director, Technical and Broadcast Operations
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP
Duane Yoslov, Diversified Systems, SVP

1:40 – 1:50 p.m. Vendor Spotlight: Level 3
It’s all in a strand of glass: How network infrastructure and cloud services are more vital than ever for broadcasters, fans, teams, and global audiences.
Ryan Korte, Level 3, VP, Content and Media Development, Content Markets

1:50 – 2:20 p.m. Choosing the Right Cameras and Lenses for Your Needs
Producing in-venue video requires the right tools for acquiring content. Leading vendors discuss the latest in image acquisition and how to get the most bang for your buck, whether you want to dabble in 4K, integrate new specialty cameras, or fully embrace a high-frame-rate technology.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Executive Director, Editorial Services
Mike DesRoches, Sony Electronics, Senior Sales Support Engineer
Bruce Lane, Grass Valley, Strategic Account Manager, Sports Venues, N.A.
Jim McGowan, Panasonic Media & Entertainment Group, Senior Strategic Account Manager, Western States
Gordon Tubbs, Fujifilm, VP, Broadcast and Communication Products

2:20 – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Play It Again: In-Venue Instant Replay
To compete with the at-home experience and serve fans that expect instant replay, venues are investing in top-of-the-line replay servers to push out video clips throughout the game. Hear about the latest in replay servers, how venues are delivering replay to both center-hung and second-screen displays, and much more.
Moderator: Karen Hogan, SVG, Senior Editor/Editor, Venue Tech Journal
Joe Cirincione, Evertz, VP, Sales
Steve Israelsky, Tightrope Media Systems, VP, Broadcast Solutions
James Stellpflug, EVS Americas, VP, Sports Products
Jeremy Wecker, Denver Broncos, Manager, A/V Technology and Engineering
Nick Young, Denver Broncos, Supervising Producer

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Big Sound, Big Impact: Getting Venue Audio Right
With tens of thousands of ears at any given sports event, venue operators are charged with creating an audio experience that is complementary to but doesn’t overwhelm the event on the court or field. Listen to leaders in venue audio as they describe their methods for getting it right every time.
Moderator: Chuck Wilson, NSCA, Executive Director
Josh Beaudoin, WJHW, Associate Principal
Troy Bost, Parsons Electric, Account Executive, Sports and Entertainment
Criss Niemann, Shure, Senior Market Development Specialist

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. To Inform or Entertain: Approaches in In-Venue Graphics
Engaging fans in the stands takes more than just video: fans want to know the time and score, the latest stats on their favorite players, and information for their fantasy teams. Leading graphics vendors discuss how their wares are scalable across a variety of screens, the need for automation, and how to balance entertaining the fans and informing them.
Moderator: Jaime Carlin, Texas Motor Speedway, Director, Marketing
Randy Dickerson, ChyronHego, Senior Account Executive, Manager, U.S. Sports Venues
Efi Dilmoni, Orad, Chief Solution Architect
Steve Johnston, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Executive Director/Executive Producer, Game Presentation
Craig Laliberte, Vizrt Americas, West Coast Operations Director
Greg Stocker, Click Effects, Managing Director, Sports Division

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Denver Perspectives: The Broadcast/Venue Connection
As the video needs of sports venues and broadcasters increasingly overlap, all involved must play together to ensure a successful show for the in-venue and at-home audiences. Local executives examine the unique demands of the Denver market and how these varied groups across the broadcast/venue spectrum can improve communication and pool local resources more efficiently.
Moderator: Jason Dachman, SVG, Editor
Phil Garvin, Mobile TV Group, President
Christy King, Levels Beyond, COO
Tom Scholle, DirecTV Sports Networks, Chief Systems Integrator
Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic, SVP
Dave Zur, KSE Media Ventures, GM, NOC/SVP, Operations and Engineering

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