Maidstone Studios will be home to two monumental sporting events of the year – UEFA EURO 2020 ITV Studio coverage and Tour de France 2021.
ITV Sport studio coverage (group stages) will be hosted at Maidstone Studios. Adding to their already extensive range of productions currently airing on prime-time television (including This Time with Alan Partridge Series 2, Catchphrase, Game of Talents and I Can See your Voice) these sporting events will be a fantastic addition to the summer television schedule with the football matches, cycling grand tour and studio highlights all expected to be available through ITV Player.
These are two of the top sporting events of the year with UEFA EURO 2020, kicking off on Friday 11th June and Tour de France, produced by VSquared TV, starting on Saturday 26th June.
Like the ITV Sport, Rugby World cup 2019 studio coverage, Maidstone Studios will be providing full broadcast facilities, socially distanced production spaces, dressing rooms, green rooms, offices and edit suites for over 140 people and an outdoor filming area for the Tour De France, which Maidstone Studios will be welcoming back after their successful broadcast of the 2020 Tour de France.
Chairman of Maidstone Studios, Geoff Miles, said: “We are delighted to welcome back ITV Sport to Maidstone Studios this summer and to have such prestigious tournaments broadcasting live from our facilities is fantastic. As a regional broadcast facility with dedicated lines and multiple filming spaces we have been able to host many covid compliant primetime shows across 2020 & 2021″
Alongside their live broadcast and global streaming expertise, Maidstone Studios’ extensive and unparalleled facilities (including the largest independent studio in the UK) attract large scale events. Maidstone Studios will be working closely with ‘Arena Television’ to supply all equipment needed from cameras, edit suites and recording equipment all supported by the immense iP core of Arena’s OBY OB Truck on UEFA EURO 2020.
Senior Unit Manager, Arena Television, Oliver Guess, said: “We are delighted to support Maidstone on this project. The team and I are excited to get to it over the summer on the Euros as the complexity and detail that goes into facilitating this level of broadcast is exceptional. ”
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championship, UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across 11 cities during 4 weeks of Football matches pitting the European greats against each other, culminating in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 11th July. Based on TV audience figures from the last edition UEFA EUROS 2016, it is projected that UEFA EUROS 2020 will deliver a global live audience of over 5 billion viewers.
This year’s Tour de France will be the 108th edition, with the Grand Depart hosted in Brest – a change from the original plans of starting in Copenhagen due to the COVID pandemic. The 21 stages of this 3,383-kilometre race, unfolds over 21 days with stage 7 being the longest stage – 248 kilometres in one day.
This summer, Maidstone Studios will welcome some of the biggest names in sport as they report live on all the action across Football and Cycling #Made in Maidstone.