The premiere of the Bad Homburg Open by Engel & Völkers takes place in front of a live audience. Up to 600 tennis fans could be present daily in the Bad Homburg Kurpark thanks to an extensive hygiene and testing concept. satis&fy accompanied the tournament as technical service provider with the trades sound and video.
On June 20 – 26, 2021, the first edition of the Bad Homburg Open by Engel & Völkers took place. A special location was chosen as the venue for the first lawn tennis tournament in Hesse. Already in 1876, the first European tennis court was built in Bad Homburg’s Kurpark.
Not only the location is special, but also the implementation. Already last year the elite of women’s tennis should meet in Bad Homburg. Due to the worldwide Corona pandemic, the tournament had to be postponed by a year. Thanks to an extensive hygiene and testing concept, the first edition of the tournament took place in front of the public this year. Up to 600 tennis enthusiasts were able to participate every day.
Tickets reserved for ticket holders from last year sold out within 60 minutes. No wonder: the 32 ladies include award-winning players like Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.
„After many years of cooperation with Perfect Match some of them on an international level, we were very pleased to work together with them on our doorstep. The news that spectators will be on site made me personally very happy! In the past year I was able to accompany many digital and hybrid productions, but my heart still beats for live events.”
The centerpiece of the tournament was the centre court, where the nearly 50 matches were played. On one of the two short sides of the court was an 8 x 4.5 m LED wall with 6.25 mm pixel pitch. The stands for the spectators were set up on the two long sides.
No distractions: The LED wall was used in a variety of ways during the match days. Among other things, it was used to display advertising clips and the live camera image from the OB van. During the ball change, the audience could follow the score there. To enable the players to concentrate on the game, a static image had to be shown at all times.
For a complete sound reinforcement of the audience area, the Kiva II system L-Acoustics was used in combination with KS21 basses. This duo guaranteed not only good sound quality, but also excellent speech intelligibility.
Live: Not only the 600 tennis fans could follow the exciting matches. For all those who could not secure a ticket, the matches were broadcast on FreeTV and stream.