ESPN’s NFL ‘Countdown’ franchise relocates to New York City rooftop
Originating from the roof of ESPN’s New York City production facility, the broadcast will utilize a new purpose-built Modtruss structure with the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River as a backdrop.
The Rooftop at Pier 17, part of the South Street Seaport, was pre-wired for ESPN’s usage when the facility opened in 2018, with the network utilizing it for special editions of programs such as “First Take.”
The area serves as a public park, restaurant and concert venue, currently configured with multiple socially distanced seating areas and a large LED display.
Along with serving the NFL broadcasts, ESPN is also planning to utilize the set for its “ESPN on NBA” playoff coverage.