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Leicester Tigers stadium revamps with Polar Audio

Polar Audio devised a sound solution for the multi-million pound development project at Leicester Tigers' Welford Road Stadium. The chosen solution centres on a Biamp system networked by CobraNet.

Welford Road Stadium, which is home to Leicester Tigers rugby club, was recently installed with a Polar Audio sound solution as part of a new multi-million pound revamp to the venue’s Caterpillar Stand. The audio installation took place within the stand’s Premiership Suite, which now boasts the largest conferencing and hospitality set up of its kind in the East Midlands, and comprises three spaces: the Legends, 1880 and Honours suites. These three distinct spaces can be used separately (and simultaneously) or as one large area accommodating up to 1000 people in a formal setting. Polar Audio worked with Redditch-based systems integrator Limit Audio to install audio solutions for this challenging multi-zone application. The venue required that each of the three spaces could simultaneously utilise its own dedicated audio system, as well as enabling the overall space to be serviced as required. Central to the system is a Biamp Audiaflex Mainframe with CobraNet, controlling a network of radio microphones and speakers within each zone. Powered by seven MC T2000 2-channel amplifiers, the system is controlled and configured by Biamp Da Vinci software. In addition, Biamp RED-1 remote control wall panels in each zone provide independent volume and source control, whilst AtteroTech Inbox X2 and Inbox M3 wall plates enable the use of external devices such as laptops, ipods and mixing consoles as well as override microphones. John Brown of Limit Audio commented: “Our working relationship with Polar Audio is an excellent one and the combination worked very effectively on this complex installation.” Mark Bromfield of Polar Audio added: “As with all our installers, we worked very closely with Limit Audio to provide onsite technical assistance, supporting them from inception to commissioning. We were pleased with the way it was possible to smoothly overcome the issues associated with a multi-zone installation such as this – a Premiership result for a Premiership Suite you might say.”