University of Oregon Upgrades Football Center, Makes the Playoffs

With stunning AV systems installed by CompView Audio Visual, this school’s new athletic center is unlike any other.

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Coaches use 20″ Planar touch displays in their offices or the 55″ to 80″ Planar touch display to annotate from the front of the room.

If they’re explaining new plays or want to show simple diagrams without video, they can draw them up on paper and project them via a WolfVision document camera, or they can create them on their computers or iPads.

The football center also contains powerful audio and video systems to pump sound over loud crowds.

“On game day, crowd noise can be extremely punishing,” says Chris Rogers, CompView’s project manager. “Oregon asked us to install a sound system that could help their players prepare for that experience.”

To acclimate players to game-day noise, each practice field includes six weatherproof loudspeakers supplied by more than 20,000 watts of Crown Audio amplification.

“We have the ability to broadcast actual crowd noise,” says Day, “But five minutes of that makes you want to scratch your eyes out.”

Fitness, Team Building and Motivation

As hard as Oregon coaches work to educate their players, they know that motivating teamwork is crucial to their success. The facility itself is inviting, with natural light, comfortable furniture, the latest audio, TV and video game systems.

“The technology throughout the facility encourages players to stay here and interact with their teammates, rather than going back to their rooms and hanging out there,” Day says.

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In addition to producing game and practice film, the video staff creates inspirational videos on an ongoing basis, shown before and after practice, on game days, on the lobby video wall and on the recruiting website.

The weight room/timing track is state-of-the-art and includes seven 70″ Planar displays that shows training regimens as well as game film, Blu-ray movies and cable TV.

“The staff is big on filming how the kids work out for their inspirational videos and recruiting films,” Boyd says.

CompView also installed a digital signage system with monitors in the locker rooms, hallways and other areas of the facility.

“They develop their own content on site,” Boyd says, “And a lot if it is designed to inspire the players.”

Recruiting

While all of these systems are designed to educate and inspire Oregon players, they also affect potential recruits.

A recruiting center within the building offers a comfortable place for coaches to talk to potential players and their families. A separate visitors’ lounge has its own TVs and gaming consoles, and a video conferencing room. These rooms also come with a Cisco C40 codec, Crestron control and Crown PZM ceiling microphones, which allow coaches to confer with scouts in the field.

The Cisco-based video conferencing system makes it easy to connect to up to four sites at once at full high definition (1080p). With this feature, participants can include game clips or computer files in any video-based conversation.

“At the end of the day, if a student wants to come here because of the building, he’s missed the point,” says Day.  “We do use it as a showcase to demonstrate how well we take care of our players. Those who decide to join our program will find the best of the best in everything we do, including the building where they will spend most of their time in athletics.”

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