“If you build it, they will come.”
And with that, the MLB will descend on Dyersville, Iowa on Thursday for the “Field of Dreams” game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. So what should home viewers expect on FOX Sports? Through athletics:
They have production elements worthy of a postseason game, including 39 cameras (all in native 1080p HDR); More than 50 microphones (several microphones buried in the field and one on each base); several aerial production drones – the first time FOX Sports has used drones as part of an MLB game – a flycam and four Super SloMo cameras. The game will also be available in 4K / HDR.
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According to the report, FOX Sports is pulling out all the stops. His Best Broadcast Team – Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken rosenthal and Tom Verducci – will cover the game in Iowa. Kevin Burkhardt will host the pre-game show featuring the network’s leading studio analysts: former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and member of the White Sox Frank Thomas Hall of Fame.
Some of the other details regarding Thursday’s game:
- Dimensions: 335 feet on the lines; 380 feet to the alleys; and 400 feet in neutral.
- A nod to the old Comiskey Park: The lifters’ pens, located behind the 12-foot-high padded wall in the central field, are designed to resemble the old Comiskey Park.
- A game in a cornfield: The stalks that produce field corn will grow 10 to 12 feet tall.
After Thursday’s game, the Yankees and White Sox will be on leave on Friday and resume their three-game streak on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field on the south side of Chicago.
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