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Iona Prep Enhances Fan Experience with Online Streaming via LocalLive

There’s nothing like the thrill of being at the big game. But if you just can’t make it out to cheer for your favorite Iona Prep Gael, you’ll never have to miss a play again thanks to a new online streaming service—LocalLive. Simply log on to locallive.tv/ionaprep to access Iona Prep events live or on demand, available for free 24/7.

The timing couldn’t be better for Iona Prep varsity football, which has arguably one of its biggest games—and benchmark performances—in its home opener on Sep. 15 against Archbishop Stepinac. Varsity kickoff is at 1:30 p.m., but will be preceded by JV football against Stepinac at 10 a.m.

“This is the evolution of Iona Preparatory Athletics,” Athletic Director Bernard Mahoney said. “While nothing tops packing ‘The Hill’ on campus for big games, we are excited that alumni near and far can now actually watch live game action of the teams for which they once played. Moreover, our scholar-athletes are working hard year-round and deserved to be seen by family, friends and even coaches and scouts from around the country.”

The partnership will help keep the Maroon & Gold at the forefront of the fan experience by offering live and archived streams throughout the school year for baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and wrestling, as well as some track and field events. Wellington T. Mara Field, home to the Gaels football, lacrosse and soccer teams, has already been outfitted with a 4K pan-tilt-zoom camera, secondary camera for natural sound and scoreboard integration. Similar installations are planned for the Heffernan and Tully Gymnasiums, as well as Felix John Petrillo Field for baseball.

Based out of Stamford, Conn., LocalLive films in high-definition and broadcasts over a designated Iona Prep portal. Over the course of the year, Iona Prep students will also have an opportunity to learn more about video production from LocalLive professionals.

“Iona Prep is a premier college-preparatory school in the tristate area, and this partnership will be a catalyst for increased alumni affinity and prospective student exposure,” president Brother Thomas R. Leto, CFC, Ed.D. said. “Moreover, it will provide well-deserved recognition for our scholar-athletes who are champions in and out of the classroom.”