Prior to one of the St. Louis Cardinals recent home games, I was given a private tour of FOX Sports Midwest’s new studio in Ballpark Village. The 1,300-square foot facility cost over $1 million, according to industry sources.
As Cardinals fans who tune into FSM regularly already know, the second-floor studio provides a great view into Busch Stadium as its backdrop. Out its front is the large, open BPV courtyard that features a 40-foot video screen.
All Cardinals pre- and post-game shows originate from the new facility. It is not just for baseball, though, as it will also be used for St. Louis Blues road pre- and post-game shows as well as other programming.
Geoff Goldman, head of media relations for FOX Sports Midwest, conducted the tour, for which you can listen in. We learn about the origins of the studio, how it was constructed and is being used and much more. My photos accompany Geoff’s words.
Click here for audio: Geoff Goldman of FOX Sports Midwest (8:15)
The front view from beyond centerfield on Clark Street. The back of the studio is in the center of the shot, under the FOX Sports Midwest Live! Sign.
The view of Ballpark Village from the back side.
The studio from across the second-floor courtyard. One entrance to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is on the right.
The anchor desk with 55-inch vertical monitors on the sides and Busch Stadium in the background. Everything is new except for the desk itself.
Looking through the backing screen across Clark Street and into the ballpark.
Standing behind the anchor desk with a view toward the center courtyard.
Looking down into the courtyard from outside the studio.
Demonstration monitor to be used by in-studio analysts and the two regular cameras. In the left foreground is the side and back of one of the vertical monitors.
The third studio camera, a “jib” crane-mounted one. There are also robotic cameras outside of the studio used to catch crowd reactions in both the stadium and Ballpark Village.
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