ESPN goes to the beach for Super Bowl LV coverage
ESPN’s Super Bowl LV coverage draws heavily on the network’s remote production workflow this year, utilizing a temporary broadcast structure at St. Pete Beach along with a broadcast location at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Outside the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, with views of the Gulf of Mexico, ESPN’s primary studio home is inside a 30×40 foot stage from MB Pro Sound, notes Sports Video Group.
This stage features a variety of beach-themed decor, as you might expect, but is missing a key element from year’s past, a desk. This change was due in part to allow for the social distancing of talent.
The area around the stage, where fans would normally gather at a faux football field for demonstrations by talent, is also restricted unlike past events, which would have a more party-like atmosphere.
At Raymond James Stadium, meanwhile, ESPN has brought the same stage used by “Monday Night Countdown” with a small desk.
CBS Sports Network meanwhile has both a desk and an informal seated area at its broadcast site.
Photos courtesy of ESPN.