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Optocore ring network for Juventus stadium inauguration

David Davies 12 October 2011
Optocore ring network for Juventus stadium inauguration

The sound and lighting design for September’s inauguration of the much-anticipated new Juventus Stadium in Turin was carried out by leading Italian sales and service provider Agorà.

For audio network transport and signal distribution, the company turned to Optocore, continuing a long association with the brand that recently saw it rent a fibre ring system to help Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk celebrate its 75th birthday.

With this deployment being highly successful, Agorà pressed ahead with a specification for the Juventus Stadium event that comprises 64 analogue inputs and 88 analogue outputs (plus Ethernet), built around Optocore digital converters and connected in one giant ring involving more than 2km of fibre cable.

System design and equalisation were carried out by ‘General Cluster’ Daniele Tramontani, who has worked closely with Agorá over a number of years. To construct his Optocore ring, Tramontani drew on two X6R-FX network converters (configured 8AE/8LI) in the control room, with all 64 analogue inputs distributed via four Meyer Sound Galileo processors. A further 11 x X6R-FX- 8AE/8LO (with eight channel line outputs), along with two X6R-TP-16LI (Line Input) converters, were used over Optocore’s proprietary 24 ID SANE Ethernet network to distribute those audio channels to the L-Acoustics amplifiers, sited under the stand roof and on the field of play. All network cards were supplied with Phoenix connectors. Four OptoCon 4/2 expanded beam bulkheads, each equipped with two lenses, have also been added in a move that boosts flexibility and scalability for interfacing with an OB truck or mobile Optocore devices.

The installation was supported by Luca Giaroli, Audiosales’ product specialist, who provided assistance on site, setting and programming the network.

The subject of considerable worldwide media interest, the new stadium includes 3,600 VIP seats and more than 100m executive boxes. The extensive complex also incorporates training fields, underground car parks, a gymnasium for the players, two shopping centres, car parking, a Juventus museum, restaurants and a hotel.

For details of the permanent audio installation at the stadium, click here.

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