AV Staff Experiences Behind the Scenes Tour of CONSOL Energy Center

Monday, May 6, 2013

Twelve members of the Audio Visual staff toured the behind-the-scenes of the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, April 27. Staff learned what it takes to make a large event run smoothly, from lighting, to media relations to coordinating sound and video on the many displays at the arena while a live event unfolds.

Bill Wareham, Director of Production for the Pittsburgh Penguins, gave an hour-long, informative and engaging tour. The tour took place as the many crews were beginning to set up and test equipment for the Penguins home game against the Hurricanes that evening. He emphasized how valuable his early start as an intern helped him gain experience and become aware of opportunities at the company.

"We're lucky to have a facility like the CONSOL arena in our region, and the folks who opened their doors to us during what no doubt was a very busy time were spectacular," shared AV Director Gary Swanson. "We all have a new appreciation for what it takes to orchestrate a multimedia experience at a live event of that magnitude."

CONSOL Energy Center hosts a variety of events, ranging from graduations to Olympic events to concerts. Every detail that makes an event appear effortless to viewers and attendees must be coordinated and cued by someone, and this detailed work was evident here.
Field trips such as this provide examples of how the Audio Visual industry is integrated into our everyday lives and helps current AV staff network with those in similar fields to their major or their role in AV.

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All shapes and sizes of coordinated displays permeate the venue.

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Wareham takes AV staff members through one of the arena's video production rooms.

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Everything that is heard or appears goes through this master control room.

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Special presentation systems are provided just for the media in attendance.