Citadel announces sports media upgrades

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

The Citadel’s athletic department announced last week that its home events during the 2014-15 season will be streamed live for free through the new CitadelSports.com website and video portal.

A state-of-the-art website and video platform is currently being built by Sidearm Sports to accommodate the growing popularity in new media.

Once completed, fans will be able to enjoy a fresh look on CitadelSports.com, with an added emphasis on graphics, video features, coaches shows and social media for all our 16 NCAA Division I sports.

The Bulldogs’ home slate kicks off on Aug. 22 when the women’s soccer team takes on USC Upstate at WLI Field at 4 pm.

The Citadel football team, under the direction of first-year head coach Mike Houston, begins its season on Aug. 30 against nationally-ranked FCS foe Coastal Carolina at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 6 p.m.

The men’s cross country team hits the road for an Aug. 29 opener in Conway, while the women prepare for their meet the following day in Columbia.

After opening the season on the road, the women’s volleyball team begins its home schedule at McAlister Field House on Sept. 5 when it hosts The Citadel Tournament. The Bulldogs’ first match will be against N.C. A&T with matches against Stetson and Charleston Southern the following day.

Fans are encouraged to come for the annual “Meet the Bulldogs Day” on Aug. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Altman Center, located behind the South end zone of Johnson Hagood Stadium. Citadel athletes, as well as the Bulldogs’ live mascots Boo X and General II (G2), will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs.

The Southern Conference will also help Bulldog fans have more access to events this year. The SoCon Digital Network, a free streaming service, will kick off coverage of events in late August.

The SoCon Digital Network will enable fans to watch their favorite teams at home and on the road in league play in high definition (HD). The content will be accessible through the SoCon member schools’ websites as well as through the conference’s official site, SoConSports.com. All 10 schools and the league office will produce events for the network.

The Southern Conference has purchased more than $2 million worth of video and audio equipment for its member institutions to bring them all up to the SoCon Digital Network’s broadcast standards.

Events will be shot from multiple camera angles and will incorporate audio through a combination of radio feeds and dedicated announcers. The network will feature live broadcasts of games not selected for carriage on national or regional outlets, as well as highlight packages, coaches’ shows, student-athlete features and more.

The content will be adaptive to a variety of mobile devices, including smartphones, iPad and Android tablets, and laptops and PCs.

Viewer features will include the ability to watch four events at once, picture-in-picture, and DVR rewind, pause and fast-forward controls. The network will also utilize consistent graphics and will feature replays.

Initially, the network will feature football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball but gradually will add events from other team sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, men’s lacrosse and wrestling.

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