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SVG Sit-Down: Van Wagner’s Bob Becker Ponders the Future of In-Venue Production

Consultancy contemplates the use of audio to make up for the lack of fans As leagues begin to slowly come back after a prolonged stint dealing with the coronavirus, in-venue production still resides in a state of limbo, with games being played behind closed doors. One company in particular, Van Wagner Productions, lends a hand in high-profile sports events, including the recent 2020 NFL Draft, but, without massive crowds, its duties are constantly changing. SVG sat down with EVP Bob Becker to examine the pandemic’s effects on producing a videoboard show, why audio can play an important role while seats remain empty, and what control rooms may look like when the virus subsides. Van Wagner’s Bob Becker envisions audio playing a major role in future in-venue productions. How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted the future of an in-venue show?From vendors and teams to organizations and leagues, we’re all talking about it every day. There is still a need to fill the void in the venue, and doing that is going to be different in every sport.

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