Video boards at Hiller Field and Hiller Hall are not the only technological strides Trinity High School is making this summer.
The district will unveil the Trinity Hillers Sports Network later this month, enabling athletic events at the football field and on the basketball court, and remote events such as baseball and softball, to be streamed live.
Trinity has partnered with the National Federation of High Schools, which is the platform host, for the streaming service. All sporting events from the two heavily used facilities will be able to be streamed and archived to watch free of charge.
“It is subscriber-based but with the ad revenue, the district is paying our own licensing fee so it will be free to the public,” said Trinity athletic director Ricci Rich. “You don’t need an account. When families can’t get to games, relatives are too far away to come or exposure for our kids to college coaches, they will have the ability to stream it.”
Rich said the district looked into similar networks at North Allegheny and West Allegheny high schools.
Using a video stream with a fixed, mounted camera designed with the ability to follow action and zoom in and out automatically will create a broadcast feel. Interested students will occasionally have the opportunity to broadcast games from the platform.
“We have started so many career-based programs and have continued to look for programs that could lead to a career down the road,” Rich said. “This will also reach out to kids who aren’t necessarily on the field but have an interest in sports.”
It goes hand-in-hand with the plans for a pair of Daktronics LED video boards to be installed by the middle of August. Those upgrades, which cost $210,000, will be available in time for the start of the 2019-20 athletic calendar, and were made possible by a donation from Mike and Kathy Makripodis.
Students will create content for both the video boards and the video stream.
The program also gives the ability for local radio stations, such as WJPA, to easily plug their radio broadcast into the video feed during events it broadcasts at Trinity.
“We wanted to create the best possible environment for our students both athletically and academically,” Rich said. “I think it will be really good for our students. Just in talking to some of them, they were really excited to not only see it but be involved with it. It’s about giving our kids more opportunities and exposure.”