Although Jacksonville Jaguars fans may rock EverBank Field with cheers and yells, for one man the real excitement is not in the stands or on the field but behind the scenes.
When George Birnbaum of Lakeshore says, “3, 2, 1, go!” as he pushes a single button, he takes the two largest high definition video screens in the world from black to live in seconds.
“It is amazing,” said Birnbaum, who has worked as a production engineer at a Jacksonville stadium for 30 years.
Since the end zone video scoreboards were unveiled in July 2016, Birnbaum has worked every event at EverBank Field and still gets a thrill each time the two 362-feet-wide by 60-feet-tall Jumbotrons light up.
The Jaguars game-day producer creates the carefully constructed script for the event, Birnbaum said. “Every minute is accounted for beginning an hour before the game until after,” he said.
“The adrenaline kicks in 10 to 15 minutes before we go live; we live and die by the clock,” said Birnbaum. “Talk about an adrenaline rush! There is a lot of prep work and anxiety, and then there’s no turning back!”