Community loudspeakers provide even coverage at ‘spectacular’ college stadium18 August 2015
Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium at the University of Louisville is a newly constructed soccer stadium with a variety of AV equipment fitted including Community R Series and W Series loudspeakers for the audio system and a large video scoreboard.
Billed as ‘the nation’s most spectacular college soccer facility’, the stadium seats more than 5,300 fans and also includes a 15,500sqft training centre.
The audio system was designed by Tom Lorenzen, a consultant at dBA Acoustics in Louisville. It provides announcements and high-fidelity music to fans in four separate seating areas as well as players and officials on the field.
The brief for the project was to provide even coverage throughout the seating areas and on the field. To realise this Lorenzen specified 14 Community W Series WX-1594 loudspeakers, distributed along the underside of the canopy, which provides sound for the 2,300-seat covered grandstand. Eight R Series R2- 474 and four R2-77 loudspeakers, installed on lighting poles and on the video scoreboard, provide sound for the field, the end-zone bleachers and the stadium’s two grassy berms. Three R.5-99 loudspeakers, also mounted on the scoreboard, cover part of the east berm seating and a pair of Community D Series DS8 surface-mount loudspeakers with a separate amplifier provide an independent sound system serving a patio garden near the concessions area.
The loudspeakers are powered by Lab.gruppen amplifiers and a Biamp Audia-Flex DSP provides equalisation and delay for consistent sound arrivals throughout the stadium. The press booth includes a Shure announce microphone and an Allen & Heath mixer with Shure wireless microphones used on the field.
Bland Technologies of Louisville installed the system adding a custom touchscreen user interface to control the various speaker zones and presets.