Scotiabank Place is bracing itself for the biggest crush of television personnel the building has likely ever seen.
"It's crazy out here," Jim Steel, the Senators' VP of broadcasting, said yesterday during a break from preparations for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night.
It's the first Cup final game in Ottawa in 80 years, and the Sens' home rink will house TV signals that beam the games, via NHL International, to more than 160 countries around the world.
That means more television equipment (23-25 cameras) and more wires snaking around the Bank's loading dock, where a number of "command-centre type trailers" service broadcasters from across North America.
"Everything is getting bigger," said Steel. "Those extra few days (before the final) make a difference in terms of getting things ready."
Joel Darling, Hockey Night in Canada's executive producer, agreed it's by far the biggest TV project of the season.
Five production mobiles are currently parked outside the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., handling the two games there. And NBC comes on board when the series reaches Ottawa for games Saturday and Monday.
In all, there will be four separate TV broadcasts.
"It's much like an Olympics," he said. "You have to find (extra) space on the television end."
During the regular season, eight circuits can handle all the broadcast demands for a Senators game. That number has quadrupled for the final.
More cameras are also used. NHL International employs five of its own, Darling said, but also accesses some CBC equipment to augment a world feed that's widely viewed in countries such as Sweden and Finland, which have native sons playing in this series.