Sacramento Kings Equip State-of-the-Art Golden 1 Center with 4K Solutions from Grass Valley
Partnering with Diversified, a global broadcast and systems integrator renowned for its innovative solutions in the sports and live events market, the project team delivered an enhanced fan experience that takes the game-going thrill to the next level. The collaboration between the Sacramento Kings, Grass Valley and Diversified assured a technology solution set that creates a fan experience unique in the league. One of the centerpieces of the new facility is a giant 4K/UHD video board that is more than 84 feet long, running nearly the entire distance from baseline to baseline. For attendees, replay is an essential part of the experience and an opportunity for the host facility to impress. To capture and produce the 4K content that drives the board, the Kings evaluated the options and chose Grass Valley because of its integrated solutions, proven reliability and ease of use.
“The most important thing for us was that we were not willing to make any compromise,” said Brian Plumb, senior director of A/V and production for the Sacramento Kings. “We had a pretty specific idea of what we wanted and we met with a few different suppliers to see how we could make it work. Grass Valley understood our vision and had the right components to make it happen. We’ve been thrilled with the way it all turned out.”
The action on the court is captured with six LDX 86 cameras—four of which are equipped with a perpetual GV eLicense for 4K—with one of the cameras providing a reverse-angle feed. Multiple K2 Dynos with the DynoZoom 4K/UHD option and a K2 Summit 3G 4-channel HD/SD server handle replays. All content is punched through the versatile Karrera K-Frame switcher, driving the 4K production, while several NVISION series routers paired with Kaleido multiviewers help to manage and move the content throughout the control room and facility.
Plumb and his team continue to refine the process and are looking at a transition to 2SI 4K, which the Karrera switcher will support, to free up more of the M/Es that are now handling 4K conversion. He is also looking at IP routing in the future to get the benefit of going from 4 wire to 1 wire, and has already begun investigating options for introducing VR into the process.
“Our operators love the easy workflow and file management of the K2 Dynos for replay; we just drop the clips into a common folder and everyone has access. Fans won’t miss any of the action with this replay setup. Everything about this arena is state-of-the-art, so the pressure was on for the broadcast capabilities. With this setup and the support of Grass Valley, we are confident that we’ll have no trouble keeping up with the demands,” added Plumb.
Belden worked in partnership with Grass Valley to supply mission-critical production cabling for the Golden 1 Center. Simple termination helped installation go smoothly to keep the major project on track. A complete broadcast solution, including armored fiber, racks, wire management and custom assemblies, was designed to ensure signal integrity and maximum reliability while providing resistance to cutting and crushing to prevent downtime or unplanned outages.
The Golden 1 Center is home to much more than just the Sacramento Kings games. The owners are positioning it as a premier event center with the capability to offer video presentation for any occasion, from sports and entertainment to business and education.
“The arena market is increasingly competitive, with cities looking for technology that can differentiate their facilities to draw consumers in for events,” observed Tony Gaston, strategic account manager for stadiums and venues, Grass Valley. “We remind our customers that it’s important to not only prepare for today, but to look to the future and choose a solution that will grow and respond as needed. Our integrated portfolio makes it easy to upgrade and adapt.”
About Grass Valley
Grass Valley is a trusted partner completely focused on empowering customers to create, control and connect content wherever, however and whenever it is consumed. In this ever-changing media landscape, content remains the most important element. Many of our customers are faced with the need to create and support new workflows while continuing to operate their legacy workflows, simultaneously broadcasting through traditional channels, Over-The-Top platforms, and Video-On-Demand as well as to tablets, PCs, and mobile devices.
We provide the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. With Grass Valley's integrated solutions that enable flexibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, quality and scalability, broadcasters and content creators have what they need to sustain their businesses. Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for nearly 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc.