SNY opens new broadcast facility at 4 World Trade Center

By Jacob Billingsley

SNY, the television home of the New York Mets and Jets, will officially open its Lower Manhatten broadcast facility this weekend, moving from its former studios at the Time-Life Building.

The production space, located on the 50th floor of 4 World Trade Center, totals 26,856 square feet and includes three studios and two control rooms, with SNY’s corporate offices on the 49th floor.

“As we began to look at prospective new locations, the downtown area and 4 World Trade Center topped our list,” said Steve Raab, SNY president. “We immediately felt the neighborhood’s vibrancy, envisioned the space’s potential and, after careful planning and execution over the past year, we are thrilled with the final results. We look forward to tomorrow night’s first broadcast and the start of an exciting new chapter at SNY.”

The first broadcast from the location will begin at 10:30 p.m. Saturday with an edition of GEICO SportsNite.

“From the production side, our space is world-class, equipped with the latest and most advanced broadcast technology you will find anywhere in the industry,” said Curt Gowdy, Jr., SNY senior vice president of production & executive producer. “The equipment combined with built-in studio, set and design flexibility allows us endless opportunities to create more interesting and compelling content for our viewers.”

The three studios, from Jack Morton PDG, utilize 3,700 square feet of the facility and include 50 monitors and 360-degree views via a series of rooftop cameras atop World Trade Center Buildings 4 and 7. Telemeasurements provided the AV integration, with lighting from The Lighting Design Group and fabrication by Mystic Scenic Studios.

Studio 41, named after Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, will serve as the network’s primary baseball studio. At 1,700 square feet, the space is designed to match Citi Field’s visual cues and textures, serving “as an extension of the ballpark.”

SNY’s Studio 31. Photos courtesy of SNY/Dominick Totino

Studio 31, in honor of Mets Hall of Famer catcher Mike Piazza, will serve multiple sports and uses, including the New York Jets and UConn Huskies, as well as the network’s news and entertainment programs.

The multi-purpose studio is designed with flexibility in mind, using LED lights with greyscale graphics to change looks based on teams or programs.

Studio 42, named after Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson, features a real view of Brooklyn and the East River, and will serve as SNY’s breaking news center as well a backdrop for one-on-one interviews.

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  • FreeRightsUSA

    Now it makes sense why CNBC stopped using the SNY studio for their morning show, moving to the NASDAQ Market Site in Times Square.

  • Hey Now

    The faux brick reminds me of MSNBC’s Secaucus joint from back in the day. Very “nineties” feel to it. Not super exciting or creative, just sort of what I would expect.