July 1-24, 2015
What was the client asking from you when they first called you?
The main objective was to provide a screen large enough for the audience to view the PAN AM games from approximately 150ft away, as that was the footprint of our location. On the programming side, CIBC required us to digitally divide the screen into 4 sections; live feed, medal count, weather updates, and twitter feed. We also worked with Bell and Rogers to establish a solid video feed via the onsite NewTek TriCaster TCXD300. CIBC has their own watermark with specialized commercials during competition breaks. All of this has to be arranged and programmed down to the second. On the audio side of things, we wanted to focus on having enough volume to fill the designated area, while making sure that we were concentrating only on our footprint. There is no better way to do that than line array boxes. See below for exact gear specifications.
What is some background information on the client and the field they work in?
As the main bank sponsor of the PAN AM Games, CIBC was intent on creating a space that all visitors could enjoy while watching a wide variety of sporting competitions. High energy, multicultural, and interactive. CIBC Pan Am Park ultimately offered all of the guests a complete spectator experience. The Common Domain was the hub of the park’s seven venues which offered ticket holders, Live Nation guests, and the general public a chance to catch PANAMANIA and be a part of the action surrounding the games.
How large was the audience?
Audiences ranged from a few hundred early in the day, up to a few thousand as the evening approached and the main competitions took place. What was the client’s intent from this show? Intent was to expose the CIBC brand with a wide range of branding, but also create a place where all fans alike could cheer on their country and athlete of choice.
How did you come up with recommendations for the services they need?
The client requested a massive LED video wall that could withstand a month’s time of outdoor usage. On the operations side of things, we had to switch between a wide variety of feeds and screen looks. Audio had to be loud and clear, however concentrated to our area.
Quick summary of how you put together the show at the venue/space given.
The challenges on this show were rooted in preparation and safety. Anytime a structure of this magnitude gets erected, planning has to be on point. After countless hours of planning and double checking every potential pitfall, we teamed up with engineering and electrical professionals to make sure that all aspects of safety and regulation were covered.
Did you run into any complications/ how did you solve them?
Without any question, building a 30ft megastructure outdoors poses its challenges. The number one focus was to make sure we followed all of the city rules/by-laws. Engineering stamps of approval were also necessary as per CNE grounds regulation. After we took care of the paperwork, a team of our top technical leads worked to figure out the best way to build the structure. We concluded that a 100,000 pound crane would be the best option to lift the structure as it was being built from the top down. To secure it in place, we placed 20 x 2 ton cement block on every truss base and anchored it to the top of the structure with 3/8 aircraft cable. Tensioning was controlled by heavy duty Crosby turnbuckles. Safety was our number one concern.
Was the audience engaged/ how did they interact?
Medal counts and live feeds created lots of interaction via social media. Everyone from the audience loved seeing tweets up on a massive LED video screen; especially when cheering on a country and/or favourite athlete.
- 8 x JBL 4887 Vertec Line Array
- 4 x JBL SRX 728 Subwoofer
- 4 x Lab Gruppen PLM 10000Q Amplifier
- 1 x Soundcraft SI Expression 1 Mixer
- 4 x Shure ULX-P Microphone
- 1 x Shure UA DA
- 2 x Shure UA DA Paddle
- 120 x 7mm LED Video Panel
- 1 x VD Wall Processor
- 2 x Coolux Pandoras Box Media Server
- 1 x Coolux Pandoras Box Manager
- 1 x Roland XS-84 Matrix Switcher
- 1 x Theatrixx HDMI to HD SDI Converter
- 1 x Theatrixx HD SDI to HDMI Converter
- 4 x 22” LG Monitor
- 40 x Miroh QUAD 12 Parcan
- 1 x Martin Light Jockey
- 41 x 16″ Black Truss 8′
- 19 x 16″ Black Truss 6′
- 11 x 16″ Black Truss 4’
- 10 x 16″ Black Truss 3’
- 11 x 16″ Black Truss 2′
- 20 x 16″ Black Truss 45 Degree Brace
- 53 x 16″ Black Truss Corner 6-Way
- 184 x 16″ Black Truss Face Plate
- 11 x 36” Truss Base