On November 21, the one-year countdown to the opening of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 began.
Belden Inc. and Gravity Media have announced their involvement in four major stadiums that are hosting the football tournament in Qatar in 2022.
In 2010, it was announced that Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022, and Gravity Media and Belden were then awarded the projects to deliver broadcast systems for four stadiums for the first-ever tournament of its kind in the Arab world. Since then, Qatar has been a hive of activity as it equips the host stadiums with the latest broadcast technology. The one-year countdown to the opening of the world’s biggest football tournament kicked off on November 21.
Gravity Media partnered with its long-term supplier Belden to design, supply, install, test and commission the broadcast cabling systems for the opening match venue Al Bayt Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium and Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Gravity Media shaped the project design using input from local broadcasters and its expertise with high-profile international federations.
Eamonn Dowdall, Executive Director for Gravity Media, said: “It was an honour to be involved in such prestigious projects. With the combined expertise of Belden and Gravity Media, the solutions provided will support the stadiums’ needs well into the future.”
The respective installations required Belden’s broadcast solutions including SMPTE, Triax, Video, Multi-Core Audio, and single-mode fibre cable – enabling host broadcasters to connect their facilities to 50+ camera positions in each of the stadiums which include interviews, arrivals and other off-field activities. This will enable broadcasters to transmit content to billions of fans around the world while simultaneously future-proofing the stadiums’ systems for long-term, sustainable use.
Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will last just 28 days and culminate on December 18, 2022, the National Day of Qatar.