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Started Jan 10, 2004 | Discussions thread
austex Contributing Member • Posts: 962
Sports arena lighting with strobes (not some kind of myth)

SteveP wrote:

Someone is pulling your leg.
If this is the case how come you don't see the flashes from it when
your at the game.

little how-to :

I worked with a friend at a college volleyball game, we used strobes. This was an NCAA, Division I game.

Usually they are pooled. Sports Illustrated had a setup, a group of newspapers (AP, USA Today and a few wire services, and then an NCAA/magazine setup (the one we used)). We had to go the day before to do some tests. I was a gopher so didn't get into the juicy stuff. Friend that I was helping said strobes have been in use for a very long time.

Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament Strobe info (I had this in an e-mail but probably easy to find on web):

The Division I MenÂ’s Basketball Committee has determined that a maximum of three sets of strobe lights may be installed at an arena for media agencies requiring immediate news coverage. The placement of the units must be approved by the NCAA.

The purpose of this policy is to provide high-quality still photographic coverage for media agencies in deadline situations without seriously affecting the quality of the network telecasts of the games.

1. For strobe use, the following priorities have been adopted by the committee:
a. Sports Illustrated.

b.  The Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today.  These agencies shall pool one set of strobe lights unless Priority “A” or “C” is not enacted.

c. A single pool unit for all other media agencies may be installed upon the approval of the NCAA.

d. Porter Binks of Sports Illustrated (212/522-3325)—or an individual designated by the NCAA— will coordinate the installation of strobe units at each site and identify those photographers who will use the strobes.  A fee may be assessed by the strobe coordinator to cover installation, power, arena fees and equipment costs on a shared basis among the users.

e. Should Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, Reuters or USA Today elect not to install strobe units, the unused priority may be transferred to another agency, provided the policies in No. 2 below are observed.

f. No single agency may install more than one set of strobes at a site, regardless of the number of units that will be used.

2. The following procedures govern the placement of the strobe units:

a. Representatives of each media agency installing a unit shall meet with the media coordinator and CBS producer assigned to the site at 4:30 p.m. local time on the open practice day to test the placement of the strobes and determine if the strobes potentially have a negative impact on the telecast.  The basketball committee representative has the final authority to determine if adjustments in the placement or angle of the units must be altered.

b. Strobes only may be used if approved by the basketball committee representative after the foregoing test.

c.  All hanging or installed strobes must be placed as close to the playing court as possible, depending upon the physical structure of the arena, near the corners of the playing court, but not behind the baskets.  If the physical structure of an arena prevents a media agency from meeting these specifications, the agency may petition the basketball committee for an exception.

d. No hand-carried strobe lights may be used during the game. They may be used during awards ceremonies and postgame celebrations.

e. No strobes may be directed toward a television lens.

f. The approved strobe-light setup shall consist of three sets of four heads each, installed in the catwalks at the four corners of the arena.  The placement should be as close to directly over the corners of the court as possible.  If, because of the configuration of the arena and the catwalks, an adjustment of the placement is necessary, a variation must be approved by the basketball committee.

g. The strobe lights for a conventional (non-dome) arena must not exceed 2,400 watt-seconds for each power pack, and the flash duration should be less than 1/1000-second.  A typical approved installation would consist of four power packs with four-tube heads on each pack.  In the instance of buildings with unusually high ceilings or domes, additional power units and strobe heads may be used, as long as they are producing an equivalent light on the court and the flash duration meets the criteria.

h. Strobe use is intended for coverage of game action by media involved in news coverage of the championship.  Strobe use is not permitted by photographers who have been assigned feature profiles for current or future publications such as books or preview magazines, (e.g., photographs of a individual players, coaches or fans.)

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