Virginia Tech: Improving Athletic Performance
Virginia Tech recently celebrated the opening of its 92,000-square-foot Indoor Practice Facility, the largest of its kind in the nation establishing itself as a $21.3 million project. MCW provided design, logistics, installation, commissioning, and on-going maintenance services for Virginia Tech’s new Patrick D. Cupp Field—a large, modern indoor practice facility. At 210’ by 400’ with an 86’ ceiling and equipped with a premium artificial turf field, the venue was designed for football scrimmages but will also be used by soccer, softball, baseball and lacrosse teams for training and conditioning.
The system that MCW created includes TV broadcast-quality ultra-HD cameras, stadium-quality speakers, broadcasting-type camera controllers, a dedicated fiber-optic and copper cabling backbone, a coach’s wireless microphone system, and a wireless access point network. These components work together to enhance athletic performance through the ability to instantaneously review practices and mimic indoor stadium noise levels, allowing athletes and coaches to practice communication and situational awareness during game-like situations.
An ISP/OSP fiber-optic cabling backbone was installed between the AV control room and the AV communication equipment room, providing seamless signal transmission for viewing and control of the camera system. In the controller room space, we performed limited structural rework to accommodate the video controllers and provide for additional workstation space for athletics audiovisual personnel, making this system not only helpful for coaches and athletes, but also providing broadcast students with professional grade video controllers and audio systems on which to mimic real-world broadcasting and live camera functional controls and programming.