LaLiga has been shooting spectacular images of all the LaLiga Santander stadiums in recent days thanks to a drone which has been dubbed "acrobatic", due to its ability to record every corner of the stadium, from the tunnel to the roof structure.
The project, a joint endeavour by LaLiga and the producer of the competition, the Mediapro Group, consists of shooting footage of all the stadiums to produce a spectacular image bank which will serve to augment the match feed and the programmes produced in-house by LaLiga, thereby offering a special, immersive experience for all fans of Spanish football.
To do so, Ivan Merino, the two-time Spanish drone-racing champion, has been visiting each of the stadiums in recent weeks with a very special piece of equipment. It consists of a tiny, lightweight drone capable of making rapid, vertiginous movements, fitting into every nook and cranny of the stadium. Kitchens, dressing rooms, offices, tunnels, stands, corridors, rooftops... everything can be seen like never before.
To make it manoeuvrable, the drone's battery is so small that each flight only lasts three minutes. Furthermore, Ivan has incorporated a stripped down and customised Go Pro 10 camera that weighs as little as possible, keeping the quality at 5K. This is a drone with no stabilisers or sensors. It is fully manual to be able to perform all manner of acrobatics. The upshot is that it is a drone capable of reaching 180 km/h in the space of 1 second, making for an acceleration greater than a Formula 1 car or Moto GP bike.
"At LaLiga we're immersed in a process of constant improvement of our productions to create better content for our fans around the world. The addition of these new recording innovations with acrobatic drones allows us to present every corner of the LaLiga Santander stadiums in a spectacular and immersive way," assures the Audiovisual Director of LaLiga, Melcior Soler.
"This technological innovation will further enrich LaLiga's broadcasts, improving the experience of spectators the world over. The images captured by the drone will offer them a peek inside places they have never seen before," explains Oscar Lago, Mediapro's head of production.
The Camp Nou, San Mames and the Wanda Metropolitano are some of the stadiums which have already been shot, and the rest will follow soon, meaning that they will soon be available via all the broadcasters with rights to LaLiga, both national and international.
This novelty by LaLiga joins the drone used during the matches to take live aerial shots, the multicamera feed to enjoy the match with different windows simultaneously, the aerial camera, the film camera and 360º replay, among others.