Monday, February 8, 2016
Behind The Scenes at the Super Bowl
Last Friday, the 5th of February, two days before the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, our football team, with a fairly large group of coaches and staff and administrators, got a police escort for the fifteen minute ride to the stadium to help CBS get their cameras ready for the Big Game. None of us on this trip had any idea of the logistics and preparation necessary to put this on. I was very excited for our student-athletes who, after a sterling season, were able to get together again to put on uniforms and run through plays on the hallowed turf (very short grass) the Broncos and Panthers would be sharing in less than 48 hours. There was quite a bit of down time involved and I took that opportunity to walk around the field and take photographs of some of the machinery needed to pull this together. Nobody said a word to me about what I was doing there. I had some interesting conversations with members of the grounds crew, the camera operators, and even the guy who runs the process of letting the people involved, from referees, players, and halftime performers hear themselves in their headsets. The bottom photo shows the set-up for that. In the photo above that one are two cameramen waiting to start the scrimmage. The lower camera costs north of $1,000,000! We also got a nice lunch out of the deal.