UDel’s Whitney Athletic Center Is Ready for Primetime
UDel has renovated its Whitney Athletic Center, turning it into a top-notch facility for athletes, fans, and the media.
The Whitney Athletic Center at the University of Delaware (UDel) consists of 90,000 sq. ft. of new space to serve all student athletes and includes an academic center, weight room, athletic training and sports medicine facilities, multi-purpose space and an auditorium. The Athletic Center also incorporates a press box structure that provides premium club seating and amenities as well as press, facilities and game day operation booths. The West Stadium was replaced with premium and club seat options and concessions as part of the project.
IMS Technology Services, the Garnet Valley, Pa.-headquartered integration firm was selected to provide AV integration services in the Whitney Athletic Center, including the lobby, waiting areas, offices, medical and treatment rooms, concourses, concession areas, lounges, conference rooms, the club and bar area, the president’s suite, nutrition and sports medicine rooms, press corridor, press/media suites, coaching offices, radio rooms and rack rooms.
A Broadcast-Ready Setup
The project began in 2018 and was completed in November 2021. Each area that required AV integration was carefully designed and engineered to fulfill the specific needs of the space.
The integration firm built a broadcast cabling infrastructure in the Bob Carpenter Center Stadium that would meet or exceed the expectations and standards of national and international media outlets, such as ESPN.
The integration firm designed and installed a complex network of single mode fiber, CAT6 data, video, and audio cabling to ensure that media crews have tie-ins for camera positions all around the field. Wiring was run from all possible camera positions and feeds to the press box and to the broadcast truck pedestal to provide a broadcast-ready setup for media outlets.
UDel Fans Love the Upgraded Athletic Center
“Despite the slowdowns caused by the pandemic, IMS was still able to complete the entirety of their work in time for the opening of the University of Delaware football season. IMS’ excellent product has been well received by fans, athletes and administrators of the University of Delaware,” says Kyle Martin, UDIT-UMS manager of performances and events. He continues, “Setting off on a huge stadium renovation project is a daunting prospect, but the knowledge that IMS was available to ensure excellence in AV integration helped to relieve much of the stress. Working with their technicians and engineers was an easy, rewarding experience and the end product was excellent.”
- Audinate Dante Doman Controller
- Barco Clickshare CS-100
- Clear-com headsets, system interface
- Contemporary Research 4k HDTV tuner
- Crestron control system
- Epson Laser Projector
- Listen Technologies
- Panasonic LED TVs
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