How Does Stadium Captioning Work?

by: Aaron Magazine

Stadium Captioning Webinar

We’d like to thank all of those who attended last week’s webinar—Understanding Stadium Captioning: Everything You Need to Know to Become an Accessibility Champ For those who couldn’t attend, and want to learn more about stadium captioning, VITAC is ready to help you meet ADA and Rehabilitation Act requirements and bring the country inclusive games, events, and concerts.

Our exclusive Event Center Solution connects our skilled employee captioners with your scoreboard, ribbon board, and/or in-stadium CCTV system. We can also stream captions to a URL, allowing your fans to access the captions on their mobile phones or tablets.

Why Caption?

There are over 50 million deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States. Out of that 50 million, one in six are considered hard-of-hearing. With that, 30% of seniors have some type of hearing loss. We’re also finding that more and more veterans that are returning from active duty today have significant hearing loss.

What We Do

VITAC captions over 50 regional sports networks, in addition to MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, and universities around the nation.

The Department Of Justice has indicated in past lawsuits that captioned material be what is announced over the PA system, including:

• All play descriptions, scoring, and player information
• Referee and penalty announcements
• In-game promotions, contests, and entertainment action
• Advertising and commercials
• Emergency messaging
• Song lyrics
• End-of-game announcements and next-event information

VITAC has the ability to work with manufacturers and software companies across the country, that may do video graphics for your facility. We also are uniquely able to stream to more than one interface, and can stream to both mobile devices and ribbon boards. The VITAC solution covers your full accessibility scope.

Team Integration Caption Stream App

Another way to market and brand your venue is to enable our caption stream directly into your team’s app. Many venues have the capability for patrons to use the team’s app on their mobile device, and see the captions there, since many attendees may already be using the application for other information regarding the team and game.

Technical Overview:  “The captioner is remote. This is a fantastic benefit to venues because they don’t have to worry on a weekly basis that their captioner is there, having to get them through security, and finding a space for them. VITAC ensures that you are taken care of, with no worry, no hassle. The client will get set up and scheduled for the year, and the captioning services will begin at the start time of the event. As well as have access to a pool of emergency captioners available 24/7 on the fly. And so if something happened where, let’s just say, you forgot to schedule an event or something happened where you needed another captioner, we can get that captioner pulled on the fly, and there’s no concern on your end. A few other unique differentiators is…that we caption to the mobile devices and to the boards. We also caption to TV consoles with a lot of venues within their concession or club/suite level consoles. Some facilities want that captioned from the radio feed, and so we’re able to take that feed, as well, and, again, we’re just looking to fit whatever your need is. The last thing that we do is we provide captions for online content. And so, as of July, with the recent FCC requirements, we also have another department that does that specifically.”    

Brenda Nowicki, Vice President of Sales

Learn More About Stadium Captioning

If you weren’t able to attend our webinar live, don’t worry! You can listen and/or watch with captions here! If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact us.

We can ensure that your stadium and venue information is accessible to all.



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