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Behind-the-Scenes Look at ESPN’s Studio Set for its Euro 2012 Coverage [VIDEO]

I love stuff like this. ESPN has wisely given us a behind-the-scenes look at their studio set for its coverage of Euro 2012, which kicks off this Friday.

While ESPN made the decision to have the studio set stationed in Bristol, CT instead of Poland or Ukraine, the creative services team at ESPN has been hard at work to try to make the sets feel like Poland and Ukraine. As you can see from the above video, the amount of detail they’ve put into the studio set is impressive.

The set looks perfect, and I love the attention to detail. Also, the on-screen graphics look crisp as usual.

According to ESPN, they utilized 1,800 square feet of studio real estate (Studio G on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus) that normally belongs to NASCAR Now and a few other shows covering a variety of sports.

“Ultimately, by bringing in custom set pieces inspired by the host countries, ESPN will give fans a studio presentation befitting the enormity of the event,” says ESPN. “The studio space will be transformed back for NASCAR Now within one week after the final match.”

I’m certainly looking forward to watching Euro 2012, and I’m excited that it’s on ESPN. Be sure to bookmark the complete TV schedule for Euro 2012.

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14 Responses to Behind-the-Scenes Look at ESPN’s Studio Set for its Euro 2012 Coverage [VIDEO]

  1. Dust says:


    I’ve searched and can’t find any info on any euro games being available in 3D, I have been fortunate to watch some in 3d on sky when visiting the uk and was surprised to find I liked it. have you heard anything?

    • The Gaffer says:

      As far as I know, none of the games or coverage will be shown in 3D. ESPN hasn’t mentioned anything about it.

      The Gaffer

  2. Efrain says:

    I don’t understand why, for something this big, ESPN didn’t travel to Europe.

    • Paul says:

      It’s cheaper. The BBC are a lot closer but even they’re not travelling – they’re broadcasting from their usual studio in Manchester.

  3. Cody says:

    Cost. They didn’t travel for the 2010 World Cup either.

  4. TJNash says:

    Untrue. ESPN was most definitely in South Africa for the World Cup.

  5. Matt says:

    Too expensive to travel there, but I did expect the studio crew to be there live at least

    Darke/McManaman will be there live from the start with Healey/Mustoe going there once the knockout round starts. The third commentator pairing will do all their matches in studio.

    I don’t expect ESPN to give the Euros the same treatment as the World Cup, they will give it the “Women’s World Cup treatment”, 10-15 minute pre-game show (until the final), show the match, quick recap and on to the next match or show.

    • CTBlues says:

      ESPN as on site in Germany for the Women’s WC in a mobile news studio, but yes the pre and post game was pretty short.

  6. Guy says:

    Would love for them to actually “be here”, but in the end it’s really not that important. The games are live. We can make our own judgments.

    • Guy says:

      aack! …… “there”

    • Paul says:

      For me there’s no difference to broadcasting on-site or in a studio in another country. It’s only for pre and post match analysis so it makes no difference at all where they’re sat when they’re talking. When broadcasters do studio work off-site they usually have on-site reporters too so we don’t lose out on anything as viewers and for the BBC they cut costs and don’t blow the nations license fee on travelling and setting up camp abroad.

      One thing I do insist on though is a commentary team on-site. Really dislike commentary done by people watching a TV in a studio because you can usually tell. It never seems ‘real’ enough for me.

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