Full broadcast facilities for Euro 2012

Euro 2012 came to an end on Sunday (1 July), with Spain's victory in the tournament, making it the first national team to win three major trophies in a row, captured live in 5.1 surround sound and high definition.
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Euro 2012 came to an end on Sunday (1 July), with Spain's victory in the tournament, making it the first national team to win three major trophies in a row, captured live in 5.1 surround sound and high definition. Host broadcast services were provided by UEFA, the administrative body of European football, bringing together leading manufacturers and facilities companies to work on the games in the host countries of Poland and Ukraine. The central international broadcasting centre (IBC) was located in Warsaw, receiving video and audio signals from the eight stadia, with four in each country. Two Lawo mc² 66 digital consoles were installed in the audio control area of the IBC to mix 5.1 feeds for the host coverage. Among other mixing desks used during the championships were four Yamaha CL Series and four M7CLs. A CL5 was used pitchside during the opening ceremony for all stadium announcements and entertainment mixing, with multiple playback tracks coming from the broadcast OB facility. During the group stages eight OB units operated at the four venues in Poland and the four in Ukraine as multilateral facilities, with another eight supplying feeds to the big video screens in the stadia as well as unilateral broadcasters. OB companies involved included Alfacam, Euromedia France, St Berlin, Mediatec, Telegenic and Arena Television. The multilateral trucks were linked to a technical operations centre (TOC) at each venue. These were built and supervised by Gearhouse Broadcast, each housing a 128 squared Snell router, audio and video monitors, embedders/de-embedders, multiviewers and general glue equipment. Gearhouse Broadcast also installed the cabling infrastructure and looked after the RF distribution in the commentary areas. Glensound commentator systems were supplied by HBS (Host Broadcast Services), which was subcontracted to UEFA. Riedel Artist intercom systems were used for communications from the venues to the IBC. Other technology providers included GlobeCast, which supplied Systembase C510ip audio codecs to stream live commentary between the IBC and the studios of ITV Sports in London. www.uefa.com

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