The Subbuteo stadium with cameras and a live action scoreboard screen

A Subbuteo fan has revealed the most technologically advanced Subbuteo stadium we have ever seen.

Christakis Ioannou has a 7,500 capacity Subbuteo stadium that includes six working cameras that feeds a live stream of the action to a scoreboard.

The amazing miniature camera system matches that of top level games in real life and is a real feat of engineering in something as small as a Subbuteo stadium. Using six mini cameras and two iPad Minis he has managed to have a scoreboard and a video feed of the action as well as enough space in the grandstands for thousands of spectators.

Christakis revealed the details of his stadium and the clever camera set up he has developed.

“Here is my effort in creating a Subbuteo stadium, which was always an ambition of mine ever since I was introduced to the world of Subbuteo back in the late seventies, but never had the space or the funds to pursue it.

“Silver Castle Park comprises of Subbuteo red/blue stands with Zeugo corner stands and seats and other accessories by It has a total capacity of 7.564 (7.264 sitting and 300 standing) spectators, which I have and need to find the time to place them on the stands. It is also equipped with 6 mini cameras (4 at the corner stands and 2 either side of the tunnel stand) plus a PTZ mini camera in the middle stand opposite the tunnel.

“The cameras are connected via a DVR and are transmitting video to a iPad mini, serving as a TV screen, placed on the North Stand. The scoreboard (the iOS Subboard app installed on another iPad mini) has been placed on the South Stand. There are four floodlights at the corners (with LED lights from as well as a strip of LED lights on each main stand.

“The light emitted is more than adequate (an understatement actually) to play night games. You may notice that the pitch has patches of dampness, caused by an accidental water spill. I cannot change it as it is fixed on the board, but the playing surface has not suffered any damage and is fully playable.

You can see the view from one of the pitchside cameras below.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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