Earlier this month, Full Sail and ESPN celebrated the second anniversary of the Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN by announcing its move to a new location on campus. The Sports Lab will now be located in Building 4D (the newest educational complex on campus), centrally placed between two soundstages that will be utilized for student and professional projects involving ESPN productions.
The sports technology lab, which was launched in 2010, is a project-based research and development center where students and faculty have the opportunity to work with ESPN professionals to create sports-based content and intellectual property for the network. In the past two years, more than 30 ESPN-related projects have taken place at Full Sail, including most recently the intro sequence video shoots for the MLS Cup 2012 Playoffs and the 2012 NBA Finals.
Students that are selected to work in the Sports Lab will have the opportunity to be mentored by members of ESPN’s Emerging Technology team and will help to design new studio and remote technologies for ESPN. Students will come from several degree programs, including Sports Marketing & Media, Entertainment Business, and Internet Marketing.
“Over the last two years our students have been a valued and vital part of bringing some of the most innovative visual projects to life under the tutelage of the talented professionals at ESPN,” said Garry Jones, Full Sail President. “We look forward to continued collaborative efforts between Full Sail, our students, and ESPN.”
On the same day as the Sports Lab announcement, Marina Escobar, Senior Director, Creative Technology at ESPN was also on campus – to both take part in the Sports Lab grand opening and join a small group of Full Sail’s top female students for a roundtable discussion about her career.
The space will feature sports-themed graphics, murals, and posters from projects the school and ESPN have worked on together in the past. (Pictured above is a rendering of what the space will look like upon completion.) Check out some more photos from the Sports Lab Grand Opening in the photo gallery below.