Sportsnet unveils new Hockey Central studio

Take a tour of the brand new Hockey Central studio with Jeff Marek and George Stroumboulopoulos.

TORONTO — It’s big and it’s spectacular.

At 11,000 square feet with nine separate sets and 52 monitors, Sportsnet today introduced the largest, most innovative sports studio in the country, providing fans with a sports entertainment playground that places them in the heart of the action and brings the NHL experience to life.


The Hockey Central Studio, which debuts October 8 – opening night of the NHL season – features a rotating main anchor desk with a 360° open environment allowing cameras to shoot from any angle, an 11x38ft. ultra-high-resolution monitor – the largest ever in a Canadian television studio, and an LED floor that displays videos and graphics and leads into a giant video monitor wall. The studio also features up to 14 cameras that can shoot up to three live broadcasts for three different networks at any one time.


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Sportsnet unveils its new state-of-the-art Hockey Central Studio, which debuts Wednesday, Oct. 8 and features nine separate sets and 52 monitors, including the largest in a Canadian television studio.

"Our hosts and commentators gasped when they saw the studio in action for the first time, and we’re confident fans will as well," said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. "It’s cutting edge and allows us to showcase the game in ways never seen before that will keep fans on the edge of their seats."

Designed by Jack Morton PDG, the company that designed the sets for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium at Vancouver 2010 & London 2012, the set was eight months in the making, beginning with the design phase and coming full circle with the construction in mid-June and finishing in late September.

The studio is complemented by a new graphics and animation package, designed in-house by the Rogers Creative Group. It includes 10 different custom opening animations, 250 player animations, and more than 1,000 support animations that enhance storytelling and game analysis for viewers.

Hockey fans will hear fresh musical packages by renowned Canadian composers during NHL on Sportsnet broadcasts, with John Herberman’s enhanced version of the current Hockey Night in Canada song -- performed by an all-Canadian 50-piece orchestra -- and Stephan Moccio’s refreshed Sportsnet’s theme music.

This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 550 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVEwill deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

By The Numbers Sportsnet’s New Hockey Central Studio

40,000 Feet of electrical cable

15,000 Feet of pipe used for lighting grids

11,000 Square feet of space in Hockey Central studio

554 Number of games NHL on Sportsnet will broadcast this season 500 Studio lights

360 Degree shooting area in studio

170 Individual panels that make up Goliath, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio

80 Inch touch screen monitor equipped with live, interactive states in the Rogers Tech Zone

70 Per cent of the lighting in the studio that is low energy LED lighting

52 Total screens

38 Feet long by 11 feet high – the dimensions of Goliath, the new Hockey Central studio monitor, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio

(4 times the resolution of a high definition monitor)

24 Wireless microphones

14 Cameras capturing the latest breaking NHL news and analysis

9 Distinct sets:

- Main rotating anchor desk

- 3 different regional sets, 2 of which are stacked on top of each other. The 3rd regional set will also be used for Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada

- George Stroumboulopoulos’s interview corner, with his signature red chairs

- Puck Wall, featuring a vertical monitor & accompanying wall containing 30 pucks for all 30 NHL teams. When a puck is placed into the cradle at the bottom of the monitor, associated imagery for that respective team pops up on the screen

- Rogers Tech Zone including a 90-inch touch screen monitor & live, interactive stats

- Demo area featuring LED video floor and monitor wall

- Cat walk bridge in front of Goliath

8 Date in October when Hockey Central studio is unveiled in 1st national NHL broadcast

7 Kilometres of LED light tape in the new studio

3 Live broadcasts that can be shot in the studio simultaneously for 3 or more networks at any 1 time

1 Only studio of its kind in Canada