by Nicole Rosselot
New for the 2021-22 school year, Nordonia High School sports fans can livestream the Knights’ sporting events. This past July, the high school athletic department partnered with the National Federation of High Schools to install streaming cameras inside the gymnasium and at Nordonia’s Boliantz Stadium.
According to Rob Eckenrode, athletic director for Nordonia High School, this service became available last year in response to the pandemic. “People weren’t able to attend some games, so other schools started to install [NFHS cameras]. I talked to North Royalton, who has the NFHS network, and they are very pleased with it,” Eckenrode said. “After talking with them and finding out it would be installed at no cost to us, we thought it would be a good idea.”
School districts do not pay to install NFHS cameras at their facilities. The cost is covered through the subscription service viewers purchase in order to access the livestream and on-demand events.
The automated cameras are linked to Nordonia High School’s athletic scheduling system. “Every home game that is in the stadium or in the gym will be livestreamed because the NFHS network automatically pulls from our scheduling system,” Eckenrode said. “The cameras kick on automatically and we don’t have to set anything or do anything.”
Throughout the Fall 2021 season, Knights fans can watch home football, volleyball and soccer games at the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. Select away games are available online when the hosting school district is also a part of the NFHS network.
This new streaming service is a convenient way for out-of-town Knights fans to support their favorite team. “If, for example, grandma and grandpa live in Florida or Arizona or somewhere like that, it is a great way for them to tune in and watch their grandson or granddaughter play their games,” Eckenrode said.
To subscribe to NFHS, visit nfhsnetwork.com. Annual and monthly subscriptions are available. ∞