Wake Forest sports studio ready as ACC Network takes the field

Wake Forest University’s new production studio facility for athletic telecasts on the ACC Network (NYSE: DIS) is hidden away at one of the athletic department’s major playing venues. It’s in plain sight. But if you didn’t know it was there, you’d have to read a tiny plate on a ubiquitous concrete wall spot to find it. Otherwise, it just looks like a baseball clubhouse – no windows or any obvious sign of a television studio.

The tiny plate outside the former visitors’ clubhouse off the right-field line at David F. Couch Ballpark is the only indication that a television studio facility – not a locker room with showers – is on the other side of the concrete blocks. And you’d have to be a few steps from the sign to read it.

For the launching of the ACC Network, which debuted Thursday, Wake Forest built the 3,100-square-foot studio facility in the former baseball clubhouse to coordinate and produce telecasts of all Demon Deacon sports for the new network. Wake Forest built two production rooms in the clubhouse so that two events can be produced at the same time from the site. The athletic department has facilities at BB&T (NYSE: BBT) Field and Joel Coliseum that can handle football and basketball telecasts.

The full story by John Brasier at Triad Business Journal can be found here.

Winston-Salem Open debuts $3 million hospitality venue

The facility is named for prominent local physician and philanthropist Dr. Harold Pollard. He was an instrumental leader in the tennis community, volunteered many hours to tennis events in the city, and helped to facilitate the Winston-Salem Open being a successful and enjoyable event.    

The $3 million-plus Harold Pollard Center – an air-conditioned hospitality facility with places to relax with food, drink and three tiers of outdoor seating along Court No. 2. 

Mike Odom, an associate athletic director at Wake Forest, said the Pollard Center also was planned to be used as a hospitality venue for football games. The tennis center is next door to BB&T Field. The tournament had a temporary VIP facility in past years. 

More from this Triad Business Journal piece can be found here.