When COVID-19 forced the Indiana SRN webcaster out of on-site broadcast booths last season, they moved into a limestone icon in the downtown core.
INDIANAPOLIS – When you think of high school football in Indiana, you probably think of marching bands and screaming fans. But you certainly aren’t envisioning a cathedral that’s nearly 100 years old.
“We are seated in the magnificent Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis,” Indiana SRN President Jerry Collins said with pride.
“This is the studio of Indiana SRN! ”followed Keith Meyers, who founded Indiana SRN in 2008. Indiana SRN claims to be the largest high school sports webcaster in Indiana.
“We broadcast about 336 games a year,” Collins said. “We play more games than anyone. If you have an Internet connection, you can have us.”
Live streaming of high school sports has really taken off recently, in part due to safety concerns since the start of the pandemic. COVID-19 forced Indiana SRN out of its on-site broadcast booths last season.
“We were in different places, different arenas, different gyms every week,” Collins recalls. “The (sports directors) came to us and said, ‘Look, we have to clean the building. We are not allowed to have more than the players here. We can’t have you here. “”
It was then that Collins came up with a plan to use the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
“We told them we were going to bring in a guy. All we have to do is put a camera in the field, with a crowd mic, and we’ll send that signal back over the internet to this beautiful building. Then we let’s add a play-by-play advertiser. We’ll add a color advertiser and we’ll produce everything and put graphics on it. “
This season, the Scottish Rite Cathedral is the Indiana SRN broadcast studio for three different local football matches every Friday night. And this remote location format ended up working better for them.
“It used to be that we would get a call from Covenant Christian, and we would have to run across town to get them on the air,” Collins said. “Now that I have three different broadcast teams within 30 feet of each other, if we have a problem, I can easily fix it.”
The Scottish Rite Cathedral is home to the Fraternal Organization of Freemasonry but has no specific religious affiliation. Though the guys running Indiana SRN believe it is greater power in their team.
“It was a blessing,” Meyers said. “It’s a beautiful environment to come in and work. “
“It’s a $ 200 million building,” Collins said with open arms. “Just kidding, we have the most expensive studios in the state of Indiana!”
The main advantages of Indiana SRN in broadcasting Scottish Rite are the size of the facility and the security of its gated parking lot.
This weekend, Indiana SRN takes its coverage to the next level by webcasting a college football game for the very first time.
They will call this match on the spot.