With the launch of the ESPN SEC Network, the schools in the SEC had to step up their video capabilities. University of Tennessee announced the launch of its new Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio at Neyland Stadium in 2014.
University of Tennessee constructed a $10 million studio in the first floor of its Brenda Lawson Athletic Center. The privately funded studio will have university use beyond the SEC Network, such as training students in television production.
The digital studio is comprised of two large studio areas, one on the north side of the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. The other on the south side of the Anderson Training Center. Both Studios can be configured in multiple ways to produce a variety of programming for the SEC Network, the VOL Network, and other in-house productions.
The control rooms in the facility are built around an EVERTZ Router, Dreamcatcher replay system, Ross Acuity Switcher and other professional broadcast equipment. This unique design will allow UT to produce multiple events simultaneously for the SEC Network and its on-line arm SEC Network+, while also producing the in-house feeds for fans attending events.
“Unity[SI] played a key role in the successful integration of the Ray & Lucy Hand Digital Studio. We were working on a very aggressive timeline. Unity[SI] accepted that challenge at every turn. They were great partners in our project.”
Chris Fuller – Sr. Associate Athletics Director