VER Tackles Super Bowl LII And Halftime Show

Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
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VER was in full force at the Super Bowl LII, from Minneapolis to Nashville. VER fulfilled over 400 equipment orders, transferring 302 gear packages across 52 cities in 20 states. 

The VER team had nearly 100 employees and contractors in attendance providing technical support. VER Flypacks sent feeds to a basement location at the IDS Center Skyscraper, the master control for all major broadcasts going out of the state. VER Flypacks were also stationed at Mall of America, Minneapolis Convention Center, Hilton Press Center, and the Excel Center.

The VER broadcast and systems team, led by Bob Hawkanson, Bruno Brunelle, and Ryan Hatch, routed and configured hundreds of systems and hundreds of audio/video channels in collaboration with multiple television networks for several weeks.

VER Creative Screens Control engineer Tim Nauss collaborated with the Halftime Show team, including director Hamish Hamilton, production designer Bruce Rodgers, lighting designer Bob Barnhart, and lighting director/media server programmer Jason Rudolph of Mobius Productions, and provided two Green Hippo Hippotizer Boreal + media servers for the show's needs.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: A projection of Prince is shown during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

VER supplied 84 Roe Visual CB5 LED tiles that were used on the main stage during Justin Timberlake's performance as well as in the Laser Club. Over 135 WinVision 9 tiles were also used on the field during the Halftime Show and pre- and post-game shows. The VER LED team included Mike Spencer, Luke Pilato, Rod Silhanek, and Gary Madura, with support from Trace Deroy and Brandon Oosterhof.

For the projection of Prince on the silkscreen, VER supplied eight Panasonic 31K laser projectors, with technical support from VER’s Chris Peterson and Jon Johnson, with help from Nate Fountain and Georges Tourtellotte.

For DirecTV Now's 2018 Super Saturday concert at Nomadic Live, VER supplied two disguise 4x4 VFC media servers for Jennifer Lopez's performance. For SiriusXM Radio's live stream of the event, VER supplied five Yamaha TF1 consoles via Dante, Riedel Artist Series intercom, Riedel Bolero wireless beltpacks, and 40×40 Blackmagic video routing for set graphics and set monitoring, with communications, Dante, and video engineering support from Dave Ragains.

Check out more of our Super Bowl LII Halftime Show coverage, sponsored by All Access Staging and Productions.

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