Sports fans will see a new Sky Sports studio for the first time tonight on Monday Night Football (MNF) with Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Karen Carney and David Jones making their debut in the space to analyse the first weekend of action from the Premier League as well present the exclusively live broadcast of Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The state-of-the-art studio has many features which have never been seen before as part of sports broadcasting in the UK & Ireland. Viewers will be given a glimpse into the future, with features including a super wide high-res screen and a virtual canopy roof. All of which will create a more immersive viewing experience for sports fans.
A masterpiece in technical engineering, an LED floor will also allow analysts and presenters to better use the wealth of data available from live match action, giving audiences a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of players and teams across sports.
Whether it’s why Jürgen Klopp switched to a box midfield, or how the inverted fullback became the norm, Sky Sports viewers will gain a deeper appreciation of the reasons behind the tactics used by the greatest managers in the game.
Jonathan Licht, Sky Sports Managing Director, said: “Sky Sports has been at the forefront of broadcasting innovation since our inception over 30 years ago. The new studio unveiled today demonstrates our commitment to continuing to give sports fans the most entertaining viewing experience possible of the biggest and most-loved events in the sporting calendar.”
Ben Wickham, Sky Sports Director of Creative Output, said: “We wanted to create a modular space that brings the latest technology to our customer, allows us to showcase the joy of sport, and capture the huge advances in technology that are happening rapidly.
“As well as sport, it takes inspiration from cinema and entertainment, with the tech involved allowing us to be brave and add an entire new dimension to our output. The options are endless for future content presented from this studio.”
Initially the studio will be used for MNF and later this month, for US Open Tennis coverage which gets underway from 28th August. The scale and flexibility of the space will allow more of the biggest and best sporting events live on Sky Sports to benefit from the innovative technology available in the future.