Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Photo Work Room at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium

Allen Eyestone works in the new photo workroom at Sun Life Stadium.

By Al Diaz 
The Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes have a new photo workroom at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

When the Miami Marlins baseball team decided to bug out of Sun Life for the new Marlins Park, photographers Allen Eyestone and Dave Cross went to work on lobbying for a better work space in the football stadium.

Working independently of each other, Eyestone staff photographer at The Palm Beach Post, produced a video showing the hazardous conditions working out of an old trailer outside the stadium and the obstacles photographers faced getting to and from the field. Eyestone then photographed the better facilities around the country. He submitted his research to Miami Dolphins
 Senior Vice President of Media Relations, Harvey Greene.  
The steps to the old trailer was always dangerous while carrying gear.
Miami Dolphins
 Senior Vice President of Media Relations, Harvey Greene. 

 At the same time, Cross the Miami Dolphins team photographer, lobbied for the upgrade as well.

The result is a spacious 1,750 square foot media work room at event level inside the stadium with a capacity for 175 people. The room is equipped with free Wi-Fi and about 40 locations in the room have hard wired Ethernet.

Greene is glad the room is being well received by photographers and says the current space used to house the former Marlins equipment room and players lounge.

He goes on to say that photogs are allowed to eat with everyone else in the main press box before the Dolphin game. At halftime hot dogs and chips are provided in the photo room for free.

If that’s not good enough, master technicians from SouthernPhoto Technical Service will be providing complimentary sensor cleaning, general camera maintenance and minor camera repairs on site.

SPTS is a Factory Authorized Service Center for all major brands of photographic equipment and has been in Miami since 1948.

SPTS Master technician Wifredo Cruz and Annie Bone at the media center.
Owner Isaac Hadid says they will also be providing the same service at this years Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne and Florida Atlantic University Football games.
The Miami Herald's Charles Trainor Jr. inside the new work room.
The Miami Herald's Joe Rimkus Jr., at left, and The Palm Beach Post's Allen Eyestone at right.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Jim Rassol at work.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers team photographer Mike Carlson heads to the field.