A modern sports stadium can have literally thousands of displays throughout the facility. For example, Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, USA had 2,900 screens when it was first built, with more screens added since it opened. This generous use of displays makes for an immersive experience, where every spectator can watch the game at all times, from every angle, no matter where they are in the stadium. At the end of the day, that’s the goal of the stadium experience: to make the audience feel more connected and part of the game than they would be at home.
However, a thousand displays can also mean a thousand points of failure. All it takes is one offline display to pull people out of the experience. Yet, when you have displays across multiple acres of space, including restrooms and all sorts of other areas, identifying an issue in a timely manner can be nearly impossible. Often times, it ends up being an attendee who points out the issue, rather than being something that is proactively addressed.
Ideally, the stadium itself would be able to tell us when something was wrong. When there is a problem with a car, there are lights and other indicators to let us know when something goes down. Shouldn’t the stadium be able to do the same thing? That’s, in essence, what resource monitoring software gives us. All of the AV in the stadium is centrally managed by the software system. When there is an error, the system creates alerts and sends emails directly to the right people, so the problem is addressed within minutes.
Of course, resource management is about more than simply error response. It also gives you the ability to turn the entire stadium on and off at the right times. Similarly, you can have an entire stadium react during an emergency, with customizable messaging that automatically displays when there is an alert. You can even track device and energy usage, with the ability to monitor everything on a web display as well as generate custom reports. These are just a few examples. The ways in which resource management can improve stadium operations are numerous.
No matter how you implement it, the end result is a stadium that is truly connected. Central AV management keeps the stadium technicians connected to their systems, so the audience can stay connected to the game.
Do you have experience with stadium AV? How do you manage all of the technology involved? Let us know in the comments!