Alongside the high quality casual dining, craft beers and classic cocktails, its wall-to-wall sports that’s on the menu at Striders in San Diego, California, that shot this premiere sports bar, eatery and horse race betting venue into the major leagues.
Opened in 2015 by Sportech Venues California, Striders is a Las Vegas-styled “Turf Clublounge” that offers patrons a truly unique hospitality experience by combining first class dining and sports entertainment with the only place in downtown San Diego where customers can legally wager on horse racing as permitted by the California Horse Racing Board.
The two-level, 8200 sqft venue encompasses a restaurant, bar, high-end lounge, including casual dining with booth seating, open kitchen with chef’s tables, signature ‘horseshoe cocktail bar’ and two outdoor patios on the first floor. The second floor is home to the 360-degree bar ‘Turf Clublounge’, where guests can wager on horse races from premium booth seating and twin panoramic balconies available by reservation for groups or private parties.
Aside from the array of delectable dishes and ice-cold brews, it is the quality of AV that is the cornerstone of any modern sports bar to provide a viewing experience and atmosphere that keeps clientele coming back for more. However, as Striders is no ordinary sports bar, the AV had to be a cut above to make it one of the best venues sports fans will ever set foot in. The result was a scalable system of 30 centrally-located sources fed to 150 high definition screens and video walls over both floors, with the hybrid distribution of WyreStorm NetworkHD 200-Series AV over IP and HDBaseT extenders and its Enado AV Control solution proving instrumental to success of the project.
The venue itself is divided into six separate AV zones over two levels, with the 150 HD screens incorporating landscape and portrait orientation, including double sided screens on custom mounts, mosaic displays and interactive touchscreens. A dazzling variety of screen sizes were installed from 29in in bathrooms and 32in, 42in, 47in, 49in, 55in, 64in throughout the venue and a pair of giant 84in screens at the entrance to the second floor bar area.
All screens and locations were selected to take full advantage of the space available for total viewing coverage within a fully scalable system that also supports future screen additions as required. Each screen can display content from any of the 30 centrally-located sources at any time with CEC, RS-232 and switching commands distributed via Cat5e/Cat6 between rack-based NetworkHD encoders and a central controller to individual NetworkHD decoders behind every screen.
This solution used exclusively WyreStorm products