It’s real and it’s spectacular.
I had to steal a famous line from Seinfeld to come close to accurately describing what it was like being inside the new SportsCenter set. I had the pleasure of getting a personal tour from David Scott in ESPN PR. By now you have seen the 10,000 sq-ft studio. The new SportsCenter set is divided by an huge glass wall separating the 6,200-sq. foot Studio X, which will be home to those programs on ESPN and ESPN2, from the 3,500-sq.-foot Studio XA, The Annex – from where SportsCenter on ESPNEWS will originate. The center of The Annex will feature a large glass cube/work station, housing a new “SC Display Unit,” dedicated to overseeing what appears in the set’s 114 video and graphic display monitors.
“The new SportsCenter set embodies the spirit of innovation and ambition that has always distinguished our signature news and information brand,” said Rob King, Sr. Vice President SportsCenter & News. “Our new array of sets and screens provides a powerful showcase for our on-air talent to serve fans with their unique authority and personality. Dynamic new graphics and animation packages convey information and imagery with unprecedented clarity.”
The SportsCenter set has come a long way since 1979 when the show first aired from this:
To this in 2014:
The studio is built for technology that doesn’t even exist yet which will keep SportsCenter at the top of sports fans minds for years to come. I also got a sneak peek at the new NFL studios and I’ll predict that football fans will be very happy with how that turns out.
There are tons of bells and whistles from the sets that can rise from the floor to the giant moving screens. Here are a couple more pictures from the SportsCenter set: