Bringing together professional bowlers from across the world, the 9th annual PBA World Series of Bowling recently took place at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV. The 13-day event culminated in finals taped by ESPN that played out in front of impressive video walls constructed from ADJ AV Series LED panels.
Organized by the Professional Bowlers Association, which conducts professional tenpin bowling events around the world, the 2017 World Series of Bowling featured a total of seven competitive events. These culminated in the PBA World Championship, which was the fifth and final major of the 2017 PBA Tour season. Taking place at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium – dubbed ‘the Taj Mahal of tenpins’ – for the third consecutive year, the PBA World Series involved 195 competing bowlers representing 26 countries.
All of the competitions within the World Series were hotly contested, especially the PBA World Championship which offered a $60,000 top prize. This was taken home by Australian Jason Belmonte who beat Jesper Svensson from Sweden in a tense final. Adding to the pressure for the bowlers, the latter stages of each competition were streamed live online via ESPN3 and also taped for broadcast on ESPN throughout December, culminating with the World Championship on New Year’s Eve.
Due to the prestigious nature of the event, and the fact that it was being taped for television broadcast, the live production had to be top notch. This responsibility was entrusted to Justin Wyman and his company JWI Audio. With over 16 years of experience in event production, Justin setup JWI Audio in 2012 to offer a turn-key service covering audio, lighting, video and rigging. Now well-established, with a strong customer base, the company provides event production services to many one-off events as well as design and installation services for permanent AV systems.
One of his regular clients is US-based bowling ball manufacturer Motiv, which Wyman supplies with tradeshow booths for the bowling-related events at which the company exhibits. And it was this business relationship that led to JWI Audio’s involvement with the PBA World Championship, as Wyman explains. “At a tradeshow over the summer Motiv’s booth was next door to the PBA’s and I met the PBA’s VP of Marketing, Janay Haggerty. That started a conversation that eventually led to providing LED video wall, trussing and other production elements for the World Series.”
As a backdrop for the TV coverage of the event, Wyman erected a four-pillar goalpost using 60 feet of Global Truss America F34 square trussing. This was used to hang two rectangular 8 x 2 panel AV3 screens flanking a central 4 x 4 panel AV6X video wall. The outer screens were used to display photos of the two currently competing bowlers, while the central screen displayed an animated PBA World Series logo on a continuous loop. In addition, Wyman erected a long and thin video screen along the side of the lanes in front of VIP viewing bleachers. This utilized 30 AV6X panels arranges in two rows of 15 and was used to display sponsor logos throughout the course of the event.
“The AV6X, with its 6mm pixel pitch, was more than adequate for the logo screens, but for the side screens the increased 3.91mm pitch of the AV3 ensured that the bowler photos were really sharp and crisp,” Wyman said. “Because this event was to be televised, I serviced all of my panels in advance to ensure every single pixel was working correctly and Cory Saenz at ADJ was a great resource for support and advice. Once the rig was up and running, I didn’t have a single problem and the AV panels worked flawlessly throughout the seven events that made up the PBA World Series.”
To drive the screens Wyman used a pair of Novastar MCTRL-300 video processors, one for the backdrop and one for the sponsor logo banner. Meanwhile, to manage content, he used Arkaos Media Master Express for the backdrop and Arkaos Grand VJ for the banner – with each sponsor’s logo assigned to a different keyboard shortcut.
Thanks to the quick-locking connectors found on all ADJ AV Series products, Wyman was able to set up the whole rig is just four hours. Then, after the event, all of the equipment was packed down and back in his truck in just two and a half hours; which is pretty impressive for a setup of this size and complexity.
Closing the 2017 PBA season in style, the World Series event was a big success for everyone involved. In particular, the production supplied by Wyman and JWI Audio was very well received by the organizers and he is hoping to work with the association again on future events, which are sure to present more opportunities to utilize his impressive inventory of ADJ AV Series video panels!
PBA World Series of Bowling IX
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV
Event Production / Photography:
Justin Wyman, JWI Audio
12B Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong, NJ 07843
16 x ADJ AV3 LED panels
46 x ADJ AV6X LED panels
2 x Novastar MCTRL-300 video processors
Arkaos Grand VJ
Arkaos Media Master Express
60 feet Global Truss America F34 Square Truss