Members of the MIPA Broadcasting Bootcamp class had an opportunity to look into the production aspects of various roles throughout the Breslin Center and Spartan Stadium on Aug. 1.
Lillian Sullivan, a senior at Bloomfield High School, said she enjoyed seeing the views from the top of Spartan Stadium, as well as the glistening hardwood floor contained within the Breslin.
“I love broadcasting and being in front of the camera and seeing all of these operations and beauty that is located throughout this campus just made me love this school so much more,” Sullivan said.
Nick Baker, the director of digital production at MSU, allowed Sullivan and her classmates a court-view tour of the Breslin, as well as an exclusive look into the control room contained within the Breslin that is used to operate all sorts of video and audio operations on game day. This control room is not only used for football production. The game day operations of the basketball, hockey and baseball teams are also performed from this control room.
Baker said the Breslin Control room contains over $1 million in equipment, which made having two or three other control facilities like it throughout campus not financially feasible.
Baker described how the university maintains an archived film record of every sports game dating back to the 1940s. Students were then allowed to see this extensive archived collection of Michigan State athletic tapes. Baker said he enjoys seeing the passion and enthusiasm that is present within the MIPA campers.
After the tour, the students headed back to the Communication Arts and Sciences Building to film a newscast that is scheduled to air on the Aug. 2 morning announcements.