The International Broadcast Center — which celebrated its official opening on Wednesday with speeches from state and local officials, catered food and plenty of drink — is one of the original large companies lured to add jobs in Connecticut under Gov. Dannel Malloy‘s First Five program.
Mike Amouyal (R) checks to make sure his pins are on properly as he and Dylan Abruscato are ready with the ribbon and scissors as they wait during grand opening ceremonies of the new NBC Sports Group facility Wednesday afternoon in Stamford. Both are pages from NBC in New York City who came up for the day to work.
John Fritche, Sr. VP. of Operations at Stamford facility, David Mazza, CTO & SVP of NBC Sports Group and Olympics, Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, and Rob Landau, Sr. VP NBC Sports Group, toast to the success of the new NBC Sports Group facility.
Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports Group Chairman, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, share a laugh before cutting the ceremonial ribbon with local dignitaries and top executives.
On Wednesday, Malloy and Lazarus, both holding one arm of a giant pair of scissors, cut a red ribbon, ceremonially inaugurating the center’s opening. “I’ve done this a couple of times,” Malloy said to the others on the stage. “Ready? Count one, two, three.” Seeing the ribbon drop to the stage, the crowd of employees cheered, and turned to the food and drink and celebrating.
Catherine Smith, Commissioner Department of Economic & Community Development, gets a round of applause as she is recognized by Gov Dannel P. Malloy during the grand opening ceremony. The First Five program, which is administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development, supports large companies that are willing to both invest at least $25 million in an expansion and create at least 200 new jobs within five years. NBC Sports Group was granted a low-interest $20 million loan from the state of Connecticut, which is forgivable if NBC Sports meets its job creation targets in five years and invests at least $100 million.
The lobby of the new NBC Sports Group facility in Stamford is spacious and airy with informal areas for employees to sit and brain storm or relax.
Employees can enjoy a game of foosball on breaks, relax in the spacious lobby or grab a bite to eat in the well appointed cafeteria.
B.J. Gunts of Wilton and Patrick McManus of Bedford, NY, work in one of the 6 production rooms. The new facility has a giant newsroom, six on-air studios with control rooms, 50 graphics suites, more than 50 editing rooms, and 250 producers to man all that space. More than 500 employees work in the 300,000 square-foot facility now, the company said.
The new facility will likely house more employees as the network lands the rights to broadcast new sports. On Tuesday, NBC Sports and NASCAR announced a 10-year deal, beginning in 2015, for the network to air the second half of the Sprint Cup Series and the second half of the Nationwide Series.