Broadcast RF have been ever-present at Wembley Stadium throughout the qualifying rounds of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. With the final two fixtures to be played within a five day period and a place in the group stages at stake, all was to play for at the home of English football.
A range of equipment was installed ahead of the Montenegro clash and left rigged over the weekend for the crucial deciding game against Poland. Inside the stadium, HD wireless cameras were used on a range of camera models. The ultra-light weight and flexible Sony HDC-P1 steadicam was used for the host broadcast coverage and a Sony HDW750p was provided for screen coverage – both of which incorporated VideoSys racking systems
England had to beat Montenegro on Thursday night in order to ensure automatic qualification, and even though the match set off to a very shaky start, the final score was 4-1 to the home side after a very one-sided second half. Heading into Tuesday night against Poland Roy Hodgson’s men knew that only a victory would guarantee their ticket to Brazil. Similarly to the gameplay of England v Montenegro, the game was very slow to start with, and with Ukraine dominating San Marino in a clash that finished 8-0 the three lions knew that something had to be done. In the end, a late goal in each half deemed the game all over. England have qualified as Group H winners.
In addition to the radio camera systems supplied, Wembley Stadium looked as magnificent as ever from the sky where a HD pictures were transmitted live to the stadium.
The Brazil World Cup is roughly 9 months away yet intensive planning is already underway, and Broadcast RF are sure to be heavily involved with the rest of the competition. You’ll be able to find us all over the country, wandering in and out of stadiums, flying overhead, and even from the sunny shores at Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Copacabana Beach.
Full report on the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil to follow…