Dubai Sports City (DSC) is a multi-venue sports complex which also provides residential, retail, and recreational facilities. Developed by UAE businessmen Abdul Rahim Al Zarooni and Abdulrahman Falaknaz, the DSC community is built around five major sports venues in Dubai and is home to several sporting academies. Sporting venues at DSC include a rugby stadium and golf course, as well as the Dubai International Stadium, a 25,000-seat cricket stadium popularly known as the ‘Ring of Fire’.
Dubai Sports City relied on broadcast solutions specialists Gearhouse Broadcast to devise, supply and install a high-performance, integrated broadcast system for its new, state-of-the-art cricket stadium.
Designed in association with the International Cricket Council (ICC) – now based in Dubai – the stadium is the jewel in DSC’s crown, and is known as one of the most high-tech of its kind in the world.
Gearhouse Broadcast’s expert systems integrators ensured the installation design covered every area of the club, including the field areas, commentator rooms, the stand areas and press rooms.
The high-tech broadcasting network included a total of 37 wall boxes, along with 33 triax camera positions, 27 fibre camera positions, 53 video tie lines, 92 data tie lines and 136 audio tie lines, all of which use Belden or Draka cable.
Wall boxes were set up with triax camera positions and HD fibre camera positions so as to cater for High Definition productions.
To complete the installation, Gearhouse Broadcast provided a crew of five Riggers, three Wireman, a Project Engineer and a Project Manager, as well as using some local labour.
The HD broadcast cable and control room installation at Dubai International Stadium – known at the time as Dubai Sports City Stadium – was completed by Gearhouse Broadcast’s expert team on time and within budget.
The entire broadcast infrastructure was built in just four weeks, which for a stadium that size, is an incredibly fast turnaround. Gearhouse Broadcast’s accomplished team ensured it was all-systems-go in time for the stadium’s opening, on April 22, 2009.