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How Did College Football Train Up for NFL Production Value?

Jan 09, 2015

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In their rookie year, the NCAA Football Playoffs beat the NFL in television ratings on Sunday, and ticket prices are soaring for the title game this Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Everybody in football knows that the Cowboys’ NFL home is built for big audio and visual entertainment. But the Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks won’t feel too out of their element on America’s favorite football field. The turf at college stadiums is looking pretty pro-level these days, too.

College Football is not just ‘ready for primetime’ it IS primetime. With all the excitement surrounding collegiate sports, it may not come as a surprise that new stadium builds and upgrades throughout the NCAA are dedicating big budgets to the best in entertainment options, making the fan experience comparable, or in some cases better than, that offered by NFL teams.

In many cases this will include a careful eye on the network broadcast infrastructure that is a now requirement for all modern sports facilities. Before it hit those big ratings numbers last week, The Rose Bowl Stadium upgraded its broadcasting systems in its estimated $181 million renovation in 2013.

What will 2015 bring to other iconic collegiate sports facilities as they prepare for the continued growth of collegiate sports in the media? Are they ready to go toe-to-toe with high-end broadcasting and entertainment technology featured at NFL and NBA facilities?