Last week I had the pleasure of touring some of Petco Park’s television production facilities. These aren’t the first photos I’ve published: in 2009 I posted photos from inside the Cox Channel 4 broadcast trailer back at the original Sacrifice Bunt. Hard to believe it’s been seven years.
This tour has more going for it: bigger, better photos, more locations, and a special, secret spot I’ve never seen of a tour visit. You’ll have to wait patiently to see what it is though. Or scroll to the bottom of this article, I guess.
First up is the trailer used by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) to cover the Orioles broadcast:
This the MASN trailer that houses the producers who tell everyone what to do, and display graphics on screen. Behind this photo is a sign with a flamingo on it that says “No Flamingo’ing.” I thought “Flamingo’ing” was some sort of technical jargon, but it just means “Don’t lean with your foot on the wall.”
This second MASN trailer houses the folks who record video, the audio engineer, and the video post producer. The people pictured are responsible for recording bits of the live broadcast to be used later. The audio engineer has a bunch of audio sources playing loudly at once, and told me how routing them all appropriately makes his job stressful. Another person in this trailer is in charge of video post production: changing color temperature and other details so colors look consistent across different lighting and camera conditions.
This is the Fox Sports San Diego trailer. It seemed a little larger than the MASN trailers, but it houses everyone, rather than splitting into two. Because of this, the quarters are cramped, and slightly awkward while getting a tour without much personal space.
The other side of the Padres’ trailer. No change in awkwardness.
The visitors’ television broadcast booth. It’s fairly narrow, but has a raised seating area behind where the broadcasters sit so a producer can see the game and communicate. When leaving we walked past the Padres booth. I looked in and Dick Enberg was standing right in front of me. We made awkward eye contact as I continued past.
The special secret spot? Photos inside the Petco Park batter’s eye!
I’ve always wondered what this thing looks like on the inside. Behind me is just a staircase that leads back to the ground floor. So unless I missed something, the security guard who was seen in this section didn’t just wander to the room next door, he had to walk a short ways to get in.
Panoramic view from the Padres batter’s eye.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
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