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Villa Park undergoing changes as part of new broadcast guidelines

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Villa Park undergoing changes as part of new broadcast guidelines


Villa Park is currently undergoing changes as the stadium gets set to fall in line with new Premier League broadcast guidelines.

B6 will now boast forty-one camera positions - an increase of eleven - for the upcoming 2013-14 term.

That adds up to thirty-three standard points and eight of 3D capabilities as well as 120 new cables, totalling 24km in length.

As well as that, the broadcast studio often used to host programmes such as Sky Sports Super Sunday and boasting pundits like Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Dwight Yorke will be moving.

It is currently located in the building between the Holte End and Doug Ellis, underneath the control room which monitors antisocial behaviour on a matchday.

But Doug Ellis Boxes 1, 2 and 3 are currently being ripped out and transformed into two sparkling broadcast studios - one for the host broadcaster of each particular game and the other for specified broadcasters from abroad.

In addition, the area around the tunnel will also include seven pitchside broadcast positions to cater for the new style of presenting made famous by the likes of ITV Sport, with pundits like Adrian Chiles, Marcel Desailly, Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate giving their opinion in the open air.

The press and photography rooms are also being equipped with dedicated wired internet connection, meaning no need to connect remotely to the Wi-Fi system.

Nick Finney, Multimedia Operations Manager, said: "It's a big undertaking but an important one. These changes ensure that all top-flight clubs are uniform in what they provide to the media.

"Regardless of what ground you go to, whether it be Villa Park, Old Trafford or KC Stadium, broadcasters, reporters and photographers will know that facilities are the same.

"It is extensive and can only be good for coverage of the top-flight worldwide."

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AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 28th June 2013
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