As part of The WACA Ground’s latest redevelopment plan we were delighted to have been the sole supplier of a brand new LED screen as well as the cabling and infrastructure required to run live production services throughout the ground.

An extensive list of live production equipment including a Tricaster 40 Unit became part of the solution to bring The WACA in line with current and future live production standards.

LED Screen

A brand new 95 square meter LED screen with a pixel pitch of 10mm was installed on the North West corner of the Oval. Spectators can view the new super-screen from anywhere within the ground with its 180 degree viewing angle.

The screen has a brightness of 7000 nits which has proven to be very effective with the strong daytime sun that Perth has to offer!

Full brightness control, backup facilities and the ability to stagger the power up procedure were all part of the solution made available to the WACA.

To compete with the extreme weather conditions Perth has to offer the entire screen is rated to IP65. The screen has been designed to also cope with temperatures above 100 degrees for more than 40 days – something which is normal for Western Australia during the peak of summer!

Working closely with Cays Engineering the structure had been designed to blend in with other features of the ground. It provides complete access to all levels of the screen which safely houses all 56 panels.

Infrastructure

Over 3km of cabling including Fibre Optic Cabling has been installed to accomodate 14 x SDI video feeds, 7 x Gigabit Data runs and 36 x Balanced analogue audio lines. These distribute throughout the ground including the OB compound where external broadcasters will be able to integrate their systems into The WACA’s.

OpenGear rack mounted conversion equipment was chosen as the professional solution to accomodate The WACA’s audio and video requirements. Signals are converted and distributed over a brand new Fibre Optic network.

Custom vertical patch panels have been installed into various rooms allowing for a “plug and play” solution to the end user.

A Gigabit network has also been installed into the WACA to host the new scoring system which seamlessly connects to the Tricaster Production Unit. The scoreboard operators can update scores via a WIFI connection or a LAN connection anywhere within the ground – displaying the results on their new LED Screen.

The Complete Solution

Full documentation, plans and training were provided as part of the project. Every detail was explored to provide the best solution for The WACA with what they wanted to achieve from their new LED screen and Production system.