ION OBLEMENCO STADIUM
Yekaterinburg’s impressive stadium underwent a huge audio and lighting upgrade ahead of the World Cup.
We take a closer look at the state-ofthe-art technology installed at one of the newest stadiums in Romania.
Clear-Com’s Regional Sales Manager for NW/MW USA and Canada discusses his career and recent projects.
We delve into the world of audio, with products and projects all featured in our first focus.
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e’re incredibly proud to bring you the new MONDO | STADIA magazine… as you can see, we’ve decided to change a few things. The feedback we received since starting the original supplement has been hugely positive and that, along with being involved in such a fascinating industry, is why we’ve made the decision to become a bimonthly title - with a whole new design and features, too. We hope MONDO | STADIA captures the ingenuity and passion of the work that goes into the incredible stadiums and sporting venues we see today. Without the creative uses of technology we see in every single part, from the original concept through to opening ceremonies, these venues simply wouldn’t be the same. In this issue, we look at the spectacular transformations we’ve seen in Russia for the World Cup. From Volgograd to Ekaterinburg - and everywhere in between - we focus on the technology that helped to deliver a unforgettable tournament. Elsewhere, there’s an eye-catching lighting revamp at Kuala Lumpur Sports City and an impressive audio installation at Ion Oblemenco Stadium in Romania. We hope you enjoy our first issue…
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070 The O2 Arena | London, England
DRAWING BOARD 010 SC Frieburg Stadion, Frieburg, Germany 012 UGMK Arena, Ekaterinburg, Russia 014 Stadio Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
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LIGHTING 076 KL Sports City | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia VIDEO 082 TCO Performance Center | Minnesota, USA 086 Moda Center | Portland, USA
064 Ion Oblemenco Stadium | Craiova, Romania
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KICK OFF 017 Audio Focus
088 Sanford Stadium | Georgia, USA TURF 092 GrassMaster | World Cup Round-Up DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
098 Kingsholm Stadium | Gloucester, England
024 Jay Wallace, Clear-Com
BROADCAST 100 TCO Studio | Minnesota, USA
THE FULL PITCH 030 Volgograd Arena | Volgograd, Russia
040 Ekaterinburg Arena | Yekaterinburg, Russia
048 McCauley Sound & RAM Audio | World Cup
108 Ephesus Lighting
056 Orlando City Stadium | Orlando, USA
110 BR Remote 112 Midstream 113 Event Diary 114 Full Time
DAVID LABUSKES, AVIXA Audiovisual Technologies Help Redefine the Modern Fan Experience
here was a time when fans went
been monitoring the in-home experience to
use laser projectors to show compelling imagery
to a sporting event to watch the
best ensure that our arena experience always
and motion video on the court or ice rink.
game. Today, however, the game
remains one step ahead of it,” said Tom Wilson,
“We’re doing some pretty interesting 3D
represents just one facet of a larger,
President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment.
animations, where it looks like the ice is turning
more engaging experience. Leading stadia are
“So as home technology gets better, we
into a wall of ice, or the ice is cracking, or that
leveraging audiovisual technologies to create
continuously look to create certain ‘wow’
there’s something under the ice that is powering
a new kind of immersive fan experience, one
moments that give our fans something they
it,” said Pete Skorich, Vice President for
that is helping to reaffirm the importance of the
haven’t seen or felt before, and can only feel in
Entertainment Services, Olympia Entertainment
stadium in modern sports. From shape-defying
our arena - and audiovisual technology helps us
and the Detroit Red Wings. “We’re also having
high-definition displays and data-driven
create these moments.”
fun with showing images of our team’s history
digital content, to state-of-the-art projection
To get fans off the couch and in the door,
on the ice.”
mapping, and - yes - augmented and virtual
venues understand that they must offer more
Little Caesars Arena is also using a 12-laser
reality, game-day experiences are evolving.
than a game; they need to deliver a compelling
projection system to cast images and video on
Leading venues have begun to prioritise the
experience - and new audiovisual technologies
its ‘jewel skin’, a 600ft metal-panel canvas
audiovisual fan experience in response to the
are the foundation.
that runs along the Via, an enclosed, street-
rapid advancement of home entertainment
When Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena opened in
level concourse that surrounds the arena with
and the reality that, when it comes to watching
September 2017, the first-year home of the NHL
restaurants, concessions, a team store and
a game, many fans enjoy doing so from the
Red Wings and NBA Pistons featured floor-to-
endless amenities. This unique feature has a
comfort of their living room.
ceiling visual innovations designed to enhance
massive impact with fans, and the venue may
“Since the advent of the television, we’ve
the fan experience. On the floor, venue operators
just be scratching the surface of its potential.
“I don’t want to say we’re just figuring out how
boards in the west end zone and 51ft high by
operators have their own sets of goals for
to work with it, but we’ve had a year to play
88ft wide boards in the east end zone. And the
incorporating these experiences into their
with it, and now our motion graphic artists are
screens are hung as low as possible to provide a
long-term fan engagement strategy. However,
becoming a little bit more daring, and they’re
more engaging experience for the fans.
all of most understand the need to heighten
becoming used to the technology,” Pete said.
“By positioning expansive video boards in low
the in-stadium fan experience to a level that
“Now they can go out and do some really
proximity locations surrounding the seating
simply cannot be replicated at home. A growing
spectacular stuff with it.”
bowl, fans feel like they’re in the middle of
array of audiovisual and digital technologies are
The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings moved into the
the action - as live game video, highlights,
empowering stadia to do just that.
new $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium at the start
and replays are displayed,” Bryan said. “We
of the 2016 NFL season and felt as though
invested in both high pixel quality video boards
they were playing catch-up in the evolution of
and camera production equipment to produce
audiovisual in sports venues. Their old home at
a completely unique and immersive game-day
the Metrodome featured what the team’s Vice
experience that our fans can only enjoy in the
President of Content and Production, Bryan
Harper, referred to as ‘postage stamp-sized’
The old lure of peanuts and Cracker Jack
display boards. They’ve upped the ante quite a
has been replaced by immersive audiovisual
experiences that are thrilling fans as much
Harper now has 68ft-high by 120ft-wide video
as a last-second victory. Teams and venue
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SC FREIBURG STADION Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
ack in 2015, a referendum saw the city of Freiburg decide to build a new stadium, which is part of a large urban scheme including new residential estates. The international tender for the stadium was won by HPP and Köster, who proposed a concept with simple yet distinctive architecture and a sound infrastructure - all below the initial estimates of 80-metres - 90-metres at 76-metres. Largely built using prefabricated elements, the Freiburg venue also includes diagonal ties and an imposing rectangular roof, ensuring that it doesn’t become lost as a indentikit stadium. The stadium will have a capacity of 35,000, with 36% of that figure dedicated to standing areas - particularly in the south stand, which will be one tier. The other stands, which will all have two tiers, will include 2,000 VIP seats. To reduce its carbon footprint, the stadium will use a heating system that cuts 550 tonnes of CO² per year. Its roof will also enable the creation of photovoltaic panels later into its operation. With these plans having been in place for a number of years, it seems a crucial decision from the city parliament means work could feasibly start in October 2018. Following a 90-minute debate, the city councillors voted in favour of the proposal. However, the project still needs to be approved by regional authorities, but this is expected to be met with a positive response, too.
If all goes to plan, groundbreaking would start in early 2019, with final delivery still scheduled for 2020. If nothing stops the project, enabling works should start in October, then groundbreaking on the stadium itself would come in early 2019. That’s a slight delay compared to initial plans, but should not impede delivery in 2020, as expected. One thing to keep a close eye on is if opponents of the stadium file lawsuits against the city’s approval. The court would, of course, have to find these valid to put the project on hold. A thorough consultation process was carried out by the city in order to minimise the impact of the stadium to the surrounding area. For example, some noise pollution is expected, while lighting pollution would prevent ant aircraft landing at the nearby airport during games. It’s certainly one to keep a close eye on - SC Frieburg could have its impressive, new stadium in 2020.
UGMK ARENA Yekaterinburg, Russia
new multifunctional arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia is being built, with HPP Architects providing the plans. The city and client, the Ural Mining and Metallurgy Holding (UGMK), have now agreed on one of three proposed designs. The UGMK Arena will be the new home of the Awtomobilist Ekaterinburg ice hockey team and the women’s basketball club, UGMK Ekaterinburg, meeting the standards of international competitions. Designed as a multifunctional arena, it is also able to be used as a venue for other sports, such as volleyball, figure skating or boxing, as well as major international events. The grandstands and playing field adapt flexibly to the various uses and, thus, offer the city new opportunities in the sports and event business. “We are sure that the new arena will make a contribution to the economic and commercial development of Ekaterinburg,” said Gerhard G. Feldmeyer, HPP’s Senior Partner responsible for the project. The construction site is located in the heart of the city on the revitalised banks of the Isset River. The TV tower, which has been unfinished since the mid-1990s - and has since risen 220 metres into the sky as a ruined building - was demolished for the development of the area, which is currently partially fallow. The arena enlivens the quarter through its varied use and the development of new, urban entertainment space.
“Both the client and the city wished to create a new centre with which the city and its inhabitants identify,” explained Antonino Vultaggio, responsible HPP partner. A spacious, raised platform defines the entrance level of the building and integrates the stadium in terms of urban development. The translucent façade cladding made of horizontal metal rods and the glass access floor open up the arena to the outside. The podium houses all the necessary security facilities, parking spaces and delivery as well as a central entrance for visitors, which can be used at major events. As one of the Russian industrial cities built from the beginning of the 18th Century on tsar’s decree for the development of the metalworking industry, the history of Ekaterinburg is closely linked to this. As the largest producer of copper, zinc, hard coal and precious metals in Russia, the client, UGMK, is still the most important employer in the region today. The core elements earth, fire, water and air are therefore bestowed with a particularly important role for the interior concept: they define four different areas of corresponding colour and surface design and therefore give the visitor orientation. In the Water area, for example, glass block walls are displayed, while the Metal area is characterised by copper-coloured materials, for example. HPP Architects have been commissioned with the Concept and Schematic Design stages for the architecture and interior design of the new arena. The construction work is scheduled to begin at the end of the year.
STADIO CAGLIARI Cagliari, Italy
agliari Calcio has been planning to build a new stadium for quite some time, with the plan being to build a new ground next to the temporary Sardegna Arena - where the Serie A side currently play its home games. Earlier this year, the Italian football club presented three visions for the new stadium to its fans. A conference saw those bidding to design the venue deliver their ideas, with the main brief being to deliver a 25,000-seat stadium that could be expanded to 30,000 in the long term. There had to be commercial areas, too, as well as leisure spaces for supporters, residents and corporate clients. Following 5,000 people coming to see the potential plans, Cagliari Calcio identified Sportium as the preferred bidder for the design of its new home. Sportium encloses partners Progetto CMR, iDeas, B&L Real Estate and Manica Architecture, belonging to the American David Manica, archistar who has worked on projects of impressive stadiums and arenas all over the world. The plans submitted to Cagliari Calcio by Sportium was conventional in terms of urban planning - with the design by Manica Architecture of the Sportium consortium welcoming all fans from street level. The surrounding area of the stadium in the design would be occupied by parking for visiting fans, however, a public green area of a significant size is also planned behind the east side of the stadium. The design also sees no additional buildings around the stadium, which means that the ground itself would hold all the required facilities that were
specified by the club. This means that hotel rooms are placed above a corner section and, quite impressively, an open hospitality deck is incorporated in the plans, with a swimming pool overlooking the sea. Now, with one eye on Italyâ€™s potential bid to host the Euro 2028 football tournament, Cagliari Calcio has confirmed that it intends to eventually increase the capacity of the new stadium to 30,000 seats, allowing it to become a potential host city for the tournament. As mentioned, the designs from Sportium were based on a 25,000-seat venue, but with the extra 5,000 seats, the final size of 30,000 sees it hit the minimum criteria for Euro games. The expansion will not happen straightaway, though, with the expansion planned for a later development. The bidding process for Euro 2028 is yet to begin, although it is thought that Italy and England are two of the most likely to be involved. Following necessary approvals and completion of executive design, the stadium should go under construction in 2019 with the venue likely to open in 2021. The 60 million Euros stadium will be carried out by Progetto CMR, iDeas, B&L Real Estate and Manica Architecture. Cagliari Calcio and the city of Cagliari will contribute 10 million Euros each, remainder will be financed privately and from available loans / investment funds.
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KICK OFF | AUDIO A closer look at products and projects from the world of audio...
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The Delta Series combines the latest quad channel amplifier class D platform and power supply design in both DSP and non-DSP formats. The DSP enabled models have four processed inputs, with analogue, AES and optional Dante networking and, uniquely, 8 channels of independent processed output - four for the local power amps and four aux channels which can feed other non-DSP amplifiers, or be fed back onto the Dante network for use elsewhere. The Delta non-DSP amplifiers may also be fitted with Dante networking making them ideal for system expansion. Legendary XTA DSP, including FIR filtering capabilities, means processing quality is assured, and 2 ohm stability with powers ranging from 4 x 1000W (4R) all the way up to 2 x 6800W (2R) means effortless driving of any system. Ethernet, USB and RS485 control via AudioCore: Amped Edition, XTA’s remote software application, the DeltaDirect iPad app, or even full front panel control. With GPIO and integration with Crestron and Lutron systems, Delta can be used for anything from high power top end touring and club installations to cruise ships and stadia. All models come with a five year warranty. www.audiocore.co.uk 017
MEYER SOUND CAL Designed primarily for vocal reproduction in fixed installations, Meyer Sound’s CAL loudspeakers produce a vertical beam of programmable width and then digitally steer the beam’s pattern up to 30º up or down for best intelligibility. CAL comes in three models - 32, 64, 96 - each providing a different maximum output level over an operating frequency range of 100Hz to 16kHz. A single, unobtrusive CAL loudspeaker can provide clear vocal reproduction over a large area while minimising undesirable reflections. CAL is a great choice for stadiums, sporting venues, airports, convention centres, places of worship, shopping malls, retails spaces, and reverberant spaces requiring low-profile sound reinforcement for voice reproduction. As the first loudspeaker to claim AVnu certification, CAL will have seamless interoperability with certified AVB devices from other vendors, and offer numerous advantages of the open IEEE AVB standards. Flexible mounting options allow users to mount CAL loudspeakers against walls or columns, and custom colours ensure they will blend into any background. Weather protection is standard and permits outdoor installations, making it easy to integrate CAL into any environment. www.meyersound.com
KV2 AUDIO SWEDEN WORLD CUP FAN PARK Fremlab AB, KV2 Audio’s long-term partner in Sweden, played an important part in the recent madness kick-started by Sweden’s progress at the 2018 World Cup. This all began with the ever popular event, SM Week, which takes place every year in summer and winter at different locations in the country. The traditional event aims to increate interest in Swedish sport. In 2018, the location of SM Week was in Helsingborg and Landskrona taking place from 2-8 July. On 3 July 2018, the organisers decided to show organise a fan park for Sweden’s World Cup match against Switzerland, using 15 sq metre LED screens for an expected audience of 1,000 fans. Gröningen Park was suddenly flooded with more than 10,000 people and the original plan to have just two NEXO 12-inch loudspeakers as FOH needed quickly re-thinking for
the next game against England on the 7 July, where one KV2 VHD2.0 mid/ hi per side were added to the original set-up with a pair of KV2 VHD4.18 18inch subwoofers for added low frequency reinforcement. Given the results from the first match Fremlab SE was again hired in by Tylösound to provide a VHD system with four KV2 Audio VHD4.18 subwoofers as the main FOH system covering a crowd of 15,000 people. Having suffered defeat to England, attentions turned to a homecoming ceremony for the return of the squad. The ceremony took place on 11 July, where the VHD System (with two delay points at 40-metres and 80-metres comprising of original RCF Event6000 cabinets designed by KV2 Audio’s Head of R&D, George Krampera) was again deployed for speeches by the city mayor and Helsingborg FC chairman in front of 10,000 people. www.fremlab.se | www.kv2audio.com
KICK OFF APART AUDIO METHLEY CRICKET CLUB Methley Cricket Club, founded in 1863 in the village of Methley near Leeds, UK, is home to two senior teams playing in the Bradford Cricket League, as well as five junior teams playing in the Heavy Woollen Cricket League and the Leeds & District Cricket League. The cricket ground at the club has also hosted the Jack Hampshire Cup Final on many occasions. The audio system at Methley Cricket Club needed an upgrade to allow for announcements to be made outside on matchdays and for background music and announcements in the bar / function suite. An Apart Audio system was selected to allow two separate zones of audio, with MASK6CT-W loudspeakers inside the building and MPLT32 two-way, long-throw horns used outdoors. Powering the new loudspeakers are Apart Audio’s PM1122 and REVAMP4120T amplifers. As well as the new audio system, there is also a radio mic and multisource music player as sources - both of which are controlled from a pair of Apart Audio’s PM1122RL wall control panel. www.apart-audio.com
MARTIN AUDIO LEE VALLEY HOCKEY & TENNIS CENTRE Old Barn Audio (OBA) has completed its fourth high-profile project for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, equipping the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London with a customised Martin Audio CDD-WR PA system. The £30m centre was opened in June 2014 and consists of two outdoor hockey pitches and four indoor and six outdoor tennis courts. The primary hockey pitch has a capacity of 3,000, which can be increased to 15,000 for major events. The requirement was to make the centre ready for a number of high profile international events, starting with the Hockey Women’s World Cup, after which the PA system will be reconfigured and extended. OBA Project Manager, Neil Kavanagh said his company entered into a fiercely competitive tender and provided the successful bid, demonstrating to the relevant bodies, including England Hockey, that Martin Audio’s CDD series was best fit for purpose. Using patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology and featuring user rotatable horns, the powerful, passive two-way CDD15-WR provides 100° x 60° dispersion. Additional seating for the World Cup, doubling the capacity, will be accompanied by 17-metre high scaffolding, with the bottom tier seating fivemetre above the pitch. The sound system will adapt to the different World Cup and European Cup scenarios before settling in as a stand-alone system. There are also numerous hospitality boxes positioned in the North stand for the World Cup - all receiving OBA installed feeds.
In the first phase, the West, East and South stands only have been equipped with a total of 18 CDD15-WR 15-inch loudspeakers, which have been customised and weatherised to IP65. This includes seven CCD15-WR on the West stand, mounted on 4.6-metres custom designed poles in landscape mode. A further five are situated on the South terraces, with another four under the existing cantilevered stand, which contains the press area. The final pair feed the seats to each side of this stand. However, the present complement of 18 CDD15-WR will eventually rise to 23 as Neil explained. “For the World Cup, the North segment will be occupied by portakabins for corporate hospitality, and a broadcast centre. This will make way for the final five enclosures to be installed post World Cup on custom poles in the North stand.” He added: “These loudspeakers meet all the power and dispersion requirements, and exceed the IP rating of any competitor. The client is extremely happy. “We have been able to run the CDD15 without sub extension as they contain extended low end. Every single speaker has its own amplifier and DSP channel.” Completing the contract, OBA has supplied a 32-channel Soundcraft Si1 and custom designed software run through a Symetrix Radius DSP with its own PC, enabling it to be zoned from a touch screen. “We’ve also organised the radio system so it can be used in every seat without drop out, and supplied tie-lines over the console’s digital matrix for broadcast purposes,” said Neil. martin-audio.com 019
KICK OFF CLAIR BROTHERS BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE To capitalise on the buzz of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers organisation turned to Randy Skaggs at Village Audio for innovative ideas on a high-energy system with low visual impact. They wanted complete courtside coverage on all sides and down-firing court coverage, with self-powered loudspeakers. Randy looked immediately to the Clair Brothers kiT Series for a solution. The kiTCurve, with its 90° H x 15° V coverage pattern, performed solidly for the short throw to the long sides of the court, but Randy recognised that something more directional was needed to project to the far court corners; and for that he sought a TrueFit - another breakthrough Clair Brothers concept. Clair Brothers and Village Audio collaborated to study the speaker positions and coverage angle requirements. They determined that indeed a custom dispersion on the scoreboard corners could offer better coverage with minimum overlap to other sources. A separate zone was created to cover the court itself and consists of the point source 12-inch member of the Clair Brothers kiT Series the kiT12. Randy concluded: “IThe fact that Clair Brothers can deliver customised solutions is an undeniable asset. The team at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is thrilled with the result, as are we.” www.clairbrothers.com
DANLEY SOUND LABS DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM The Florida State Seminoles play all of their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium, which has grown from 15,000 seats in 1953 to nearly 80,000 seats today. Now, the the Florida State University has the most powerful sound reinforcement system of any sports stadium in the world. The system is the first to feature two massive Danley J-5 Caleb loudspeakers, which have proven capable of delivering 113dB of clean, undistorted audio to the seating beyond the opposite end zone, along with additional Danley’s Jericho Horns, Synergy Horns, and BC subwoofers. Larry Lucas, Director of Audio & Broadcast Engineering at Anthony James Partners, created the new design for the system, which relies entirely on Danley’s point-source boxes. “Unlike most stadiums of its size, Doak Campbell Stadium has no balcony from which to hang a distributed system, or even to hang fill loudspeakers,” said Kyle VanLandingham, Project Manager for All Pro Sound, the company that installed the system. “The relatively small footprint of the Danley loudspeaker system allowed us to utilise spaces within the scoreboard structure instead of creating new spaces in various areas around the stadium. Aside from the increased simplicity of installation, the Danley Caleb and Jericho series loudspeakers provided the absolute best solution for clear, impactful coverage 020
across an incredibly large space.” Michael Walden, Systems Designer at All Pro Sound, worked with Larry’s plans to make the design a reality. Among those boxes are two Danley J-5 Caleb Horns, which provide coverage for the field and the far side of the stadium. At 10ft tall - and strategically packed with 108 drivers - the Caleb Horn fires phase-coherent audio with a 40° by 15° beam width and frequency response down to 30Hz. Doak Campbell Stadium is acutally the first facility to use more than one Caleb Horn. In addition, five Danley J-3 Jericho Horns cover the remainder of the stadium, with fill provided by four Danley SH-46 Synergy Horn loudspeakers and two Danley OS-80 molded loudspeakers. Eight Danley BC-218 subwoofers provide abundant low end. “It’s notable that this design ultimately required so few boxes,” said Michael. “In part, because of that simplicity, the end result is very balanced, very even, and very clean.” Kyle added: “From what I understand, FSU now has the most powerful sound reinforcement system in all of sports. At four channels each, 16 Danley DNA-20K4 PRO amplifiers power the system. You’re not going to go to a sporting event anywhere else and get a better experience. This system is at the top.” www.danleysoundlabs.com
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“Everybody needs what we have there’s never a dull moment and that’s the fun part of it. Different workflows and customer needs - sports is one large component of it.” Jay Wallace Regional Sales Manager-NW/MW USA and Canada Clear-Com
JAY WALLACE Regional Sales Manager, NW/MW USA and Canada, Clear-Com
Tell us a little bit more about your background…
Can you explain what Clear-Com specialise in when it comes to stadiums
So, I began in commercial television here in the United States, then moved
and sporting venues?
into radio work, which included working on The Dallas Cowboy football
So, we found ourselves in three different areas within stadiums -
team radio broadcast for 11 seasons.
depending on the size, of course, and the type of client. We’re typically
I then moved to California to take over Regional Sales Manager position
found providing intercom for broadcast or providing intercom for stadium
with Clear-Com - that was in 2009. My territory is North Western US, Mid
scoreboards, display boards and marketing.
Western US and Canada.
The marketing side of it typically consists of wireless intercom for the people that are coordinating the special events during game day - that can
What does your role consist of?
be the opening ceremonies, half time breaks and so forth.
Day to day, it’s interfacing with our partners, dealers and integrators. As
The scoreboard and broadcast side are very similar; in some cases, the
well as users in various parts of our industry be it sports related business,
stadiums are switching these continuously with different crews. This can
broadcast, theatrical, medical, so across several different platforms in
be a Partyline Intercom system or Matrix system. Basically, it’s a director
several different markets.
working with multiple cameras, audio, replay and graphics.
The cool thing about what I get to do, is that I get to go to a lot of different How does a stadium or sporting venue project start for Clear-Com? These projects begin in a couple of ways, either a client or end user will hire a consultant to come in and lay out the facilities for them, this includes a broadcast, scoreboard or video display board. Another way is for the client to partner with an integrator and begin a design build project. In this
“We are constantly working on new products and designs to satisfy this part of the market.” Jay Wallace
case, the dealer or integrator will discuss with a client in lieu of having a consultancy do it. In some cases, our relationship with individuals in the industry will lead to us getting the call first and they will say ‘look, we are about to do a major upgrade and we would like you to give us your impressions of what we need to do to be able to do our job’. So, it can go those three ways. Which is the most common? The most common is normally a consultant on a design or build project with an integrator, as opposed to dealing with the client from the very beginning. However, that has started to change because these clients are much more
venues, a lot of different clients - sports is just one component of it. I
tech savvy than they once were as they are attending trade shows and
could literally be in a grand theatre one morning and an athletic stadium
regional events. They are getting a handle on it themselves before they
in the afternoon, so that makes it really cool for me. Everybody needs what
start dealing with consultants and they have an idea about what’s in the
we have - there’s never a dull moment and that’s the fun part about it.
market and what their fellow sporting teams are using. There is a word of
Different workflows and customer needs - sports is one large component
mouth element that is permeating within the industry and that certainly
wasn’t there a few years ago.
What are the main things you have to take into consideration when
multipath concerns that can affect range. Designing the wireless
working on a stadium or sporting venue?
component can be the most challenging portion of it - luckily, we have
We want to get an idea of the number of users and the way they work.
tools for that!
While all of these people are doing similar jobs, they usually have their own independent workflow. For instance, I have one professional football team
What stadium or sporting venues have you worked on recently?
and their marketing department has 15 people on wireless intercom on
We have done several projects in my territory recently. The Husky Stadium
the field simultaneously, others have eight, and some have only four. It all
at the University of Washington has recently purchased wireless systems.
depends on their workflow, so we try to hammer that out first.
Another large project was the Vivint Smart Home Arena for the Utah Jazz.
Once we get an idea of how they want it to work, including the desired
The Jazz now have a large FreeSpeak II system for game day use and we
coverage area and number of discrete channels that are needed, we can
have a similar system at the Moda Center – the home of the Portland
then provide options of our product offerings that will allow them to
Trailblazers in Portland, Oregon.
accomplish their tasks. We can advise them on better way – or more
We also worked on multiple venues at Northwestern University. They
efficient way – to use our products. It’s a real learning curve, we go in and
have a workflow that a number of universities are moving toward. They
listen to what they need and then we can guide them throughout the whole
use a centralised control room and are connecting the individual venues
remotely through IP or over fibre. That’s kind of a new thing that has come up in the past few years.
Are there any difficulties that you experience on a regular basis?
Absolutely - some of the venues are quite large and invariably, what a
What would you say has been your favourite stadium/sporting arena
client wants, especially on the intercom side, is a large and wide area
project so far?
coverage of wireless intercom. That can be challenging on implementation,
That’s an interesting question! I rather like the NBA arena projects, purely
in terms of where to put the antenna transceiver modules, cabling,
from a personal standpoint. I am a fan. From start to finish, the Vivint
networked antennas versus home runs and general issues with potential
Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, was the most interesting, because that
was a full building retrofit. They installed a complex FreeSpeak II wireless
What would you say is the next big thing in terms of stadium / sporting
intercom system, with multiple users and a large coverage area which was
little tricky. That was a design build project and we were brought in to the project as a result of a recommendation from another NBA team. After
It’s going to continue to be challenging on the wireless side, with other
several visits and a successful demo during a playoff game, our FreeSpeak
devices competing in a limited RF spectrum and more users wanting the
II system was chosen.
freedom to be mobile. The spectrum isn’t getting larger – it’s getting smaller and more congested. We are constantly working on new products and designs to satisfy this part of the market.
Clear-Com’s award-winning FreeSpeak II wireless communication system
the area around the pitch and the broadcast compound (connected via fibre
was deployed at all 12 stadia across Russia during the recent global football
with a splitter).
tournament. The 12 standalone systems have been installed by Clear-
“FreeSpeak II is once again playing an integral role in one of the world’s
Com’s channel partner WNM, which has responsibility for wireless and
highest profile live sports events, where communication is crucial to
infotainment for the event’s Host Broadcast Services (HBS).
ensure the best broadcast coverage,” said Nicki Fisher, Sales Director,
The FreeSpeak II high performance wireless intercom system is designed
Clear-Com. “The power, reliability and flexibility of FreeSpeak II make it a
for extensive communication in large-scale operations. Its ability to
system that can be relied upon in the most demanding environments.”
maintain a strong and continuous wireless connection across an expansive
In addition, Brazil’s TV Globo is harnessing Clear-Com’s latest IP
coverage area while providing crystal-clear digital audio makes FreeSpeak
communication solutions to reduce costs and simplify its production
II the ideal wireless roaming solution for live events, broadcast and sport
workflow at the global football tournament. By using the Agent-IC app
production, and the communication system of choice for many of the
with V-Series Panels and LQ Series IP audio codecs, TV Globo has a
world’s largest and most prestigious events.
streamlined, reliable and mobile communication solution, while saving
At the Russian tournament, FreeSpeak II basestations, antennas
considerable export costs to Russia, since they only brought panels and
and rugged beltpacks provided extensive, reliable coverage and
mobile devices which connect via IP to the Eclipse matrix system back at
uncompromised audio quality for the camera and production teams
the broadcaster’s facility in Rio de Janeiro.
throughout each stadium, including the tunnel where the players arrive,
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VOLGOGRAD ARENA Volgograd, Russia
Images: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organizing Committee
t’s 18 June and the sun has set in Volgograd. England are about to face Tunisia in one of the opening games of the 2018 World Cup at the newly built Volgograd Arena and expectations
are high. Volgograd Arena was designed by Moscow-based SportEngineering, the winner of an open tender. Stroytransgaz was the project’s general construction contractor and Inline was the lead contractor for various audiovisual aspects of the project, including the main bowl sound system. The 303-metres diameter stadium has a capacity of 45,000 seats, including 2,280-seats in the media area, 640 VIP seats, and 460 accessible seats. The façade, roof, and bowl have been designed as three independent structural systems. The grandstand areas are roofed with a lightweight tensile structure supported by a ring cable. Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, saw one of the largest
battles in human history during WWII, as the Soviet army
The Volgograd Arena project has been both challenging
halted Hitler’s advance, marking a turning of the tide in
and rewarding. From the outset, it was clear that there
favour of the Allies.
would be some logistical obstacles. Firstly, producing such
The World Cup is seen by many as an opportunity for a new
an extensive order of equipment, and secondly shipping
beginning. In the weeks before the tournament, Director
it from the UK to Russia to meet a series of unwavering
of Volgograd History Museum, Sergei Morinov, told the
deadlines. Add to that the fact that this is an official World
world’s press that he hoped it would drive tourism and
Cup venue, therefore there was a strict set of performance
help to craft a new image of Volgograd as a city of peace.
criteria from football’s governing body, FIFA, that had to
While the Tunisia vs England game was draped in the
hopes and dreams of two nations, there were certain
Edelweiss Audio’s Technical Director, Andrei
people dotted around the world who were watching on
Kremenchugski, explained: “We spoke to some partners
with an additional level of anticipation and excitement. For
who suggested we put in a tender. In Russia, the design of
the team behind the stadium’s huge Funktion-One sound
any system is done in two stages. Firstly, the preliminary
system, the game was the ultimate sign-off on a project
stage - when the main solutions are chosen, the budget
that had been at the forefront of their minds for the best
is set and acoustic modelling is done - is quite formal.
part of two years.
The second stage is when the design work is done and the
That team was led by Edelweiss Audio – also known as
equipment is specified.”
Funktion-One Russia - who worked very closely with
From the very beginning, Andrei worked closely with
Funktion-One in the UK and were also supported by MC2
members of the Funktion-One team. It started with
Funktion-One founder, Tony Andrews. Andrei and Tony
Edelweiss Audio has pedigree in sports venues, having
discussed the project at length and formulated a design
completed work on a bespoke Funktion-One loudspeaker
that would give the stadium the highest level of sports
system at Krasnodar Arena in south-west Russia (in 2016),
which was at the time regarded as the most technically
There were a number of key factors to consider. FIFA
advanced stadium in the country. Then there are the
states that ‘excited football crowds can reach levels of
company’s installations at Sochi for the 2014 Winter
110dB SPL’, therefore ‘the sound system shall be capable
of overcoming the crowd noise by at least 6dB, with
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deviations in overall sound levels across the spectator area
renowned bass technology, they provided the perfect
not exceeding +/- 3dB.
building blocks for designing a sound system that would
In addition to that, the PA system should be capable of
meet FIFA’s criteria and give visitors to the stadium a first
having its volume increased in response to crowd noise
class listening experience.
to ensure intelligibility of voice messaging, a maximum
The final system design features 638 Funktion-One
SPL of 125dB should not be exceeded and the frequency
loudspeakers and 50 MC2 Audio amplifiers.
response in the seating areas should be at least 120Hz to
The loudspeakers are accurately arrayed and aimed
5kHz +/- 3dB.
using bespoke metalwork - 24 C-shape clusters along
It should also be capable of reproducing music with an
the sides and 12 Y-shape clusters for the corners. Each
extended frequency response between 40Hz and 120Hz
array features Evo 6SH loudspeakers with 50º horizontal
+6dB/-3dB and between 5kHz and 12kHz +/-4dB, and
dispersion for the closer seats and Evo 7SH loudspeakers
should provide enough headroom to compensate for
with narrower dispersion and resulting higher intensity for
atmospheric loss of high frequencies.
the further seats. To help spread the load on the suspended
Working with this criteria and architectural plans of the
roof, alternate clusters are supplemented with either two
stadium, Andrei collaborated with the Funktion-One
F215 Mk2 midbass or a single F221 bass enclosure. Under-
design team on simulations and modelling in EASE.
balcony coverage is provided by Funktion-One’s highly
This allowed them to pinpoint specific challenges and
intelligible and compact F81 and F101 loudspeakers.
ways of overcoming them, and to map out the optimum
Andrei said: “The Evo clusters have really strong
loudspeaker specifications, configurations and positions.
directivity control - both in the horizontal and the vertical
Funktion-One’s Evo Series was already a proven entity
planes. If you run just one cluster, you could clearly
in stadium technology, having been deployed in bespoke
hear its zone of coverage. If you walk just a couple of
cluster arrangements at Krasnodar. At Volgograd, where
metres outside the coverage pattern, the drop in level is
Evo loudspeakers combine with the manufacturer’s
astonishing. You can easily localise the sound to the closest
cluster at any seat and, overall, we achieved very even
The SH versions feature the mid-high section only (no 15-
inch mid-bass) and aren’t housed in a cabinet. This means
“The combination of midbass and low-bass enclosures
that, while they have the Evo performance characteristics,
delivers strong overall bass and, once carefully time
they are very compact and extremely light.
aligned, combined really well with the Evos. Due to the
With the system spec’d, the design team needed
high efficiency of these bass loudspeakers, the system
amplification that is both Dante-enabled and capable
response has good balance even at very high SPL levels.”
of preserving the sound quality of the Funktion-One
Funktion-One’s David Bruml, who was heavily involved
loudspeakers. MC2 Audio has been a trusted partner for
in the project throughout, added: “The Funktion-One Evo
many years and, once again, the company delivered.
system at Volgograd Arena offers class-leading clarity and
Amplification comes from 50 OEM Delta amplifiers from
intelligibility for voice announcements, plus it delivers
MC2 Audio. The amplifiers are all quad output, providing
impressive and truly immersive full-range musical
200-channels of DSP and amplification, and a total power
reproduction to enhance the match-day experience for
just short of 500kW.
Richard Fleming, Sales and Applications Manager at MC2
Evo loudspeakers feature Funktion-One’s latest
Audio, who was involved in drawing up the specification of
technological developments. Both the Evo 6 and Evo 7
the amplifiers explained: “All the amplifiers are connected
are available in various derivations, resulting in a series
via Ethernet and configured using our ‘AudioCore: Amped
of loudspeakers that is adaptable to a wide variety of
Edition’ software with our killer new feature - grouping
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“The custom designed arrays of Evo, F215’s and F121’s,
“By using the input grouping, I could create a single
plus the F81’s and F101’s, with the requirement for Dante
control to adjust selected channels on each amplifier to
audio networks, and full monitoring of all amplifiers,
have separated control over the media inputs picked off
could have been a tall order to setup and control. Using
the Dante network. All the output groups have relative
the grouping architecture, we logically grouped and
gain adjustment, so any gain structure already in place
sub-grouped to minimise the apparent complexity of the
between individual elements or across the entire system is
system, simplifying it from 212 channels down to just eight
maintained if I make changes through the group controls.
sets of grouped controls.”
I also was able to create the most dangerous group of all -
All 50 Delta DSP amplifiers are running AudioCore, and are
the ‘mute all’ group - which controlled over 200 channels
spread across multiple sites throughout the stadium - with
most racks containing eight amplifiers. All amplifiers are
Deltas have powerful and comprehensive DSP and full
equipped with Dante digital network audio, which was
audio networking. They also feature four additional aux
used for audio distribution throughout the entire stadium.
outputs, running entirely independently of the amplifier
This allows the amplifiers to have their input channel
sources controlled globally and changed easily without any
MC2 Audio’s Waring Hayes said: “While in this application
the four extra aux outputs on each DSP amplifier weren’t
Andrei explained: “The grouping architecture in AudioCore
required for the live audio, they could easily be used to
made my life a lot simpler when it came to taking control
provide broadcast feeds as they are fully independent of
of the entire system. I was able to create output groups of
the main amplifier channels and have their own DSP and
all tops, and mid sections of all cabs, plus separate control
routing options. They could be thought of as a method of
of the subs - ending up with just three control faders. The
breaking Dante off the network for other uses without any
groups have an additional feature - solo - which enables us
additional cost. Audio can even be routed through them
to quickly check individual parts of the system.
from any source and put back on to the network without
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the amplifiers ever using it - break in and break out if you
The final stage of the project saw David travel out to Russia
A single non-DSP amplifier was used for some of the VIP
with Funktion-One founder John Newsham. “John and I
loudspeakers. Waring continued: “The non-DSP versions
visited Volgograd in May 2018, ahead of the World Cup, to
also have the option of a Dante input card - this fits out the
help finalise tuning,” said David. “The system performed
amplifier with 4 x 96k DACs - the same as used to drive
fully as modelled and predicted during the design phase.
the four additional aux outputs of the DSP amps so you can
The sound feels perceptibly close to the audience, with
guarantee the same superb audio performance.”
an intimacy and accuracy rarely heard from stadia sound
The sound installation at Volgograd Arena was only
possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of
Russia hosted the most competitive and enjoyable World
everyone involved. There is special recognition for the
Cup in recent history. Though one of the favourites,
production team at Funktion-One’s headquarters in
France, lifted the trophy after a 4-2 win over Croatia in the
final, the tournament was full of entertaining matches and
This project required close cooperation and support from
the company’s suppliers and assurances that each link in
For those behind the audio infrastructure at Volgograd
the production chain could deliver. The order was shipped
Arena, the memories of being involved in bringing a FIFA-
in three stages during November 2017, each one sending a
approved sound system to a World Cup stadium will live
40ft container the 2,385 miles from Dorking to Volgograd.
long in the memory.
David continued: “We worked the Volgograd order in with
Waring reflected: “This was an amazing opportunity to
the overall production schedule, as we had orders from
showcase our latest DSP amplifier platform, and we were
other customers that also had to be delivered on time. We
thrilled that Funktion-One chose to specify DSP amplifiers
had a lead time of 14 weeks from order to all equipment
exclusively for the entire system. The amplifiers come in
being supplied, which isn’t a huge amount of time, but
DSP and non-DSP - but still with network audio - flavours,
with careful planning all of the equipment was supplied on
so the additional monitoring and control aspect was
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important in the choice of DSP models.”
as well as at the final phase of the project, when John
David commented: “Following large-scale installations
and David came over to Volgograd to help us with tuning
for the Winter Olympics in Sochi and for the Krasnodar
of the system. There were quite a few valuable pieces of
Stadium, Funktion-One is honoured to have now supplied
advice from Tony and John when we were designing the
the loudspeaker system for the Volgograd Arena World Cup
system. These included recommendations with regards
stadium, particularly in light of the historical significance
to the cluster configuration and metalwork, evaluation of
of the city. Our designs are perfectly suited to the demands
EASE modelling results and many other things. They were
of world-class sporting applications and we look forward
available throughout the World Cup period and I’m happy
to further installations in similar arenas in the future.
to say everything went very smoothly.”
“We are extremely happy with the sound system
Volgograd Arena’s wider legacy is both immediate and
installation at the Volgograd Arena and are grateful to
purposeful. Following its role in the 2018 World Cup, it
our Russian partners for their unwavering support and
became the home of local football team - Rotor Volgograd.
excellent communication throughout. The whole company
It will further serve the local community with the opening
was energised by this major contract, which is amongst the
of a new health centre and as the venue for a mix of
largest Funktion-One installations to date.”
cultural and entertainment events.
Andrei concluded: “Funktion-One has provided unprecedented level of support both during design stage
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EKATERINBURG ARENA Yekaterinburg, Russia
Images: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organizing Committee
katerinburg Arena garnered a lot of attention
they have to seat at least 35,000, so the city’s World Cup
before the World Cup in Russia due to a unique
organising committee were presented with a problem,
solution that saw the venue temporarily
particularly as Ekaterinburg Arena is a protected landmark,
increase in capacity for the tournament.
with its historical façade - complete with columns in
The stadium, which opened in 1957, holds 23,000 fans,
a Soviet, neoclassical aesthetic - also needing to be
however, a FIFA requirement for all host stadiums is that
The decision was made to build two temporary, 45-metre
the stadium. It was necessary to allocate separate acoustic
stands outside the venue, which offered a view of the pitch
systems for the external tribunes. At the same time, it was
through large holes at each end of the ground. It was an
important to cover the stationary stands, so that, later,
unorthodox solution, but one that made perfect sense.
after the tournament, there would be no need to remodel
Local side, FC Ural has an average attendance around the
the system and all these carefully tuned and calibrated
low 20,000 mark, meaning that a permanent extension up
acoustic systems continued to work.
to 35,000 seats would leave the club with a stadium that
“After the World Cup, the acoustic systems intended for
simply didn’t after the tournament. With the temporary
the external stands will have to be dismantled and used
stands, the extra seating can be deconstructed after the
inside the stadium to cover the pitch. According to FIFA
World Cup, leaving a much more sustainable capacity.
regulations, there is no need to cover the playing field,
While it may look strange, it is certainly a solution to one
whereas UEFA requires it. Therefore, all the stadiums of
of the main criticisms of past tournaments, which have left
the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland were
large, soulless stadiums in cities that simply do not need
equipped with additional acoustic systems for the field.
them beyond the excitement of a World Cup.
And this kind of configuration will also be requested for
After the competition, as well as continuing as FC Ural’s
other types of events.”
home ground, the stadium will be used by the city as a
The design process for the audio system was a complex
multifunctional sports and entertainment complex. It
one, with the stadium design as well as FIFA requirements
is planned to hold sports competitions of various levels,
taken into consideration. Sofit Light was in charge of this
concerts, performances and exhibitions.
task, as Alexander explained: “In accordance with the FIFA
CROC was appointed as the general contractor for the
requirements, the sound system should provide a level of
development of the stadium infrastructure, creating and
intelligibility not lower than 0.55 STI for a full stadium.
implementing a complete suite of facilities, including low-
“The difficulty is that we must ensure the intelligibility
current designs, ticket entry and physical security systems,
of the voice, and the crowd creates noise with the same
telecommunications, broadcast, multimedia, sound
voices, that is, in the same frequency spectrum. We, of
reinforcement and engineering systems monitoring.
course, achieve the result, also by increasing the sound
At the invitation of Andrey Korogodin, Director of
pressure level. For adverts and music intros, such levels
Corporate Customers Department of CROC, Sofit Light
are not needed, but in certain situations, such as security
Company worked closely with the lead contractor in the
and emergency evacuation, it is extremely necessary, so
design of the sound reinforcement system. As a distributor
you need to be able to reach it with the help of a sound
of Outline systems in the Russian Federation, the decision
reinforcement system. All our electroacoustic calculations,
was made to use the Italian companies products for the
preliminary modelling, repeated measurements and so on
audio at the venue.
were focussed on this task.”
Alexander Klinushkin, Sofit Light’s Senior Engineer, takes
For the existing and temporary stands, 26 clusters of
up the story: “When the stadium was reconstructed, this
Outline STADIA 100 LA loudspeakers and 16 clusters of
kind of architectural solution, naturally, was reflected in
STSUB 215 subwoofers were used to deliver an exceptional
the configuration of the sound reinforcement system of
level of sound to each seat. The guest and VIP boxes were
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equipped with small, two-way acoustic systems, made
up of 54 Outline VEGAS 24 loudspeakers. Powersoft X8
Mikhail Vasilyev, under contract with the company CROC,
amplifiers are predominantly used with the Outline audio
oversaw the implementation of the project consistently
up to the stage of commissioning. During the first three
“Thanks to integrated processors and the ability to
matches at the World Cup, together with the specialists
integrate into local networks, amplifiers allow you to
of CROC, Mikhail worked in the control room behind the
remotely monitor all of their main operating modes,
mixing desk and controlled the operation of the system.
such as input and output voltages and current, internal
The final result left everyone involved with audio section
temperature, and track errors,” added Alexander. “Each
of the project delighted, which is exactly the reason needed
STADIA 100 LA loudspeaker system is driven by two
ahead of such a huge tournament.
separate amplifier channels for the mid-range and high-
“When we turned on the system for the first time, it was
impressive. The use of just the factory presets offered an
Although the project went smoothly, according to
intelligible sound. Of course, we did some fine tuning,
Alexander, it wasn’t without its issues when it came to the
mostly because of the increase in low frequencies due to
the radiation area of the clusters,” Mikhail added.
“At a certain point, we had to redo the acoustic model.
“Everyone was looking forward to the moment. It’s
This happened when we looked at the pictures of the
amazing - no other system brings so much joy and pride
already constructed part of the venue and found out the
like a PA system.”
discrepancy with our drawings of the roof of the stadium
As well as the audio, the stadium lighting at Ekaterinburg
and the structure to which all clusters of loudspeakers had
Arena also had to be modernised, with the two main
to be attached,” he said.
objectives being that it had to be compliant with
“As it turned out, at some point the developers changed
broadcasting standards and support the revitalisation plan
the project, and no one sent us new drawings. Therefore,
of the home city.
we had to make changes in the upper part of the acoustic
The latter was part of a vision for the city Yekateringburg
model and completely correct the composition and change
that would see the stadium become a landmark to attract
the position of the clusters. Fortunately, this was done on
both citizens and visitors.
time, and, in the end, everything turned out well. It will
MT Electro, one of the leading lighting design companies
now serve us as a lesson for the future: to be attentive
in Russia, were tasked with the project. After taking the
to the details at all stages of the work, in order to avoid
brief into consideration, with the need for fully broadcast-
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compliant, flicker-free lighting, the decision was made to utilise Philips ArenaVision LED floodlights from Signify across the pitch. As well as being fully compliant with international and national standards, and, therefore, able to facilitate highquality, slow-motion broadcasting, the floodlighting solution from Signify also enables a better spectator experience for fans in the stands at Ekaterinburg Arena.
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enowned for not scoring large quantities of
purely a football stadium came into play with this redesign.
goals in a single match, France went against
It was a couple of years into the planning process before
the norm in the 2018 World Cup final, scoring
a tender document was issued, it had been drawn up
four goals to beat opposition side Croatia, to
by on behalf of the principals, The Big Sport Arena
be crowned victors of a 4-2 win, and take the title for the
Luzhniki, with the technological requirements detailed
first time since 1998.
by Moscow integration specialists, S-Pro Systems,
Having made the bid for the 2018 World Cup in 2009,
together with the German company, Broadcast Solution.
Russia was announced as the host country the following
The team responsible for the audio design comprised
year and immediately set to work on building the 12 venues
Andrey Matveev (S-Pro), Evgeniy Stepanenko (Broadcast
that would host the tournament. Two stadiums that met
Solution), Pavel Pyshkin (S-Pro) and Ivan Khizhnyak
the FIFA regulations were already built, two received
(S-Pro). S-Pro’s project managers were Sergey Manserov
significant upgrades and eight were built from scratch,
and Grigory Yurov. Audio distributor, Russian Sound
although two of those eight had broken ground ahead of
Systems (RSS), led by Vladimir Samuskevich was brought
the 2010 announcement.
in to supply the PA, and as McCauley Sound Inc was
It goes without saying that to deliver a world-class
selected as the solution, Executive Director, Sam Ocean
performance to a global audience, state-of-the-art audio
worked closely with RSS and the rest of the team.
solutions were needed throughout the stadiums.
McCauley Sound, along with RSS, installed a new ILA412
MONDO | STADIA takes a closer look at five of the
long throw line array system, which is both weather
resistant and provides seamless coverage and concert
level sound to all of the seating areas. A staggering 216 McCauley Sound Inc ILA412 line array systems were
Hosting the opening and final match of the 2018 World
needed for this project. The ILA412 was engineered to
Cup, Luzhniki Stadium is one of the most iconic venues in
meet the strict FIFA intelligibility requirements, providing
the line-up. Already the largest stadium in Russia - able to
significant headroom above the crowd noise, even with the
hold 81,000 supporters - and home to the national football
largest of audiences.
team, renovations began back in 2013, and whereas
Sam commented: “Our system was recognised to be best
previously the stadium had been used for football matches,
among the bids by an independent audio consulting firm.
athletics and other sporting events, the decision to make it
While designing the system for the stadium, McCauley
Above: Luzhniki Stadium where the World Cup final took place.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 216 x McCauley Sound Inc ILA412 long throw line array cabinet | 54 x RAM Audio V12004 amplifier | 22 x RAM Audio V12044 amplifier | 17 x RAM Audio MDi2-6K amplifier | 1 x Yamaha x 02R96 digital console | 1 x Optocore M8-BNC MADI switch | 1 x V3R-FXINTERCOM unit | 2 x BroaMan Route66 AutoRouter unit | 1 x Optocore X6R-FX converter | 1 x Optocore X6R-TP V3R-FX converter | 1 x Optocore V3R-FX-TP converter
Sound Inc designed a one-of-a-kind 12-inch woofer. With
Optocore M8-BNC allows OB Van MADI connection with
four of these 12-inch woofers in an ILA412, it makes the
additional feature of Emulation Mode to control on-site
need for subwoofers unnecessary.”
Optocore mic preamps directly from the Van’s console.
RAM Audio V12004 and V12044 models, in their fully
Secondly, the media control room, with a Yamaha 02R96
equipped version, including Ethernet, DSP, Dante, standby
digital console equipped with an Optocore Y3R-TP Yamaha
and impedance monitoring, were the chosen models to
card - enabling it to work with Optocore’s proprietary
drive the McCauley Sound Inc line arrays. Besides the V
Series, MDi amplifiers are also installed in VIP area at
Igor explained that the system had needed to meet a
the stadium together with smaller acoustics cabinets of
number of objectives: to uplink the environmental bowl
other international brands. All V Series amplifiers are
sound - the stadium crowd noise - with the Optocore
controlled from the central control point using the RAM_
modules bundled in the technical racks positioned
OCS software. All DSP presets and configuration were
around the playing field perimeter; to integrate with the
specifically created in situ for these installations, using
intercom systems of the technical personnel - achieved
by using Optocore’s dedicated V3R-FX-INTERCOM; to
At Luzhniki Stadium there’s a total of 54 RAM Audio
integrate with the stadium’s sound reinforcement system;
V12004’s, 22 RAM Audio V12044’s and 17 RAM Audio
to integrate with the stadium’s patch panel room; to
MDi2-6K for the VIP areas. Combined this adds up to 338
integrate with the stadium’s media room, which comprises
channels at 3,000W per channel, producing more than
all the multi-media signals, and finally to integrate with
one million watts of RAM Audio power. The amplifiers and
the commentator’s communication system.
cabinets are located at 45-metres above the pitch.
To expedite broadcast requirements Audio Solutions
Sitting alongside the McCauley Sound Inc and RAM Audio
turned to Optocore’s associate company BroaMan, which
inventory is a new network broadcast transmission,
in turn harnesses the power of Optocore. Two of the
and at the heart of it are 57 Optocore and BroaMan
new Route66 AutoRouters are stacked, with each fibre
fibre interfaces, designed in a fibre ‘star’ out of the ring
node connected independently through the Route66.
topology, and supplied by Moscow-based distributor Audio
“The combination of redundancy and ability to close the
Solutions. After the bid was accepted they became involved
Optocore loop automatically when active devices are added
in the project as an S-Pro partner, with responsibility for
or disconnected, are the main advantages of the BroaMan
equipment supply and warranty service management of
Route66 AutoRouters,” added Igor.
the whole system.
The installation also takes advantage of economies, for
Audio Solutions was able to demonstrate the advantages
example the Optocore TP devices are separated and placed
of producing a site-wide multi-node fibre transmission
up to 50-metres above the main FX devices - resulting in
system and broadcast/multi-format links to the OB vans.
the need for fewer FX devices and less fibre cabling.
Igor Kovalev, who manages the Audio Solutions’ Pro Audio
The system, which conforms to all worldwide broadcast
Department said: “Optocore and BroaMan create a perfect
standards, has certainly met the approval of The Big Sport
synergy, providing an extremely robust optical network
Arena Luzhniki and Igor said that with the successful
system for audio transport and auto routing functionality.
fulfillment of signal conversion and audio/data transport
Optocore I/O modules also have a wide working
- with the delivery of pristine, low latency audio - all
temperature range, which was one of the important
objectives have been met.
criteria for choosing equipment for this project.”
“The great advantage of an Optocore solution is that there
The Optocore system was designed around two main
is no interference from power cable runs, perfect EMR
nodes. First, the stadium patch panel room in OB Van area
isolation and it has extremely flexible functionality, with
for multi-signal conversion to MADI. Various Optocore
the ability to handle any audio transport tasks with ease,
X6R-FX, X6R-TP V3R-FX and V3R-FX-TP converters
over long distances,” he concluded.
Above: The McCauley line arrays systems were designed specifically for Luzhniki Stadium, and were then subsequently installed in four more World Cup stadiums.
were mainly fitted with mic-in and line out cards, while an
TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 214 x McCauley Sound Inc ILA412 long throw line array cabinet | 52 x RAM Audio V12004 amplifier | 22 x RAM Audio V12044 amplifier | 8 x RAM Audio MDi2-6K amplifier
structure, RSS still installed 214 McCauley Sound Inc
After successfully completing the Luzhniki Stadium,
ILA412 line array systems.
McCauley Sound Inc and RAM Audio, as well as distributor,
“For the amplifiers, the brief was to have a complete
Russian Sound Systems (RSS) were invited back to kit out a
system in order for the in-house technicians to perfectly
further four 2018 World Cup stadiums.
control the system from a remote control room,” said
Samara Arena - as it was known during the tournament,
Monica of RAM Audio. “DSP was installed into every
typically named after its location - also goes by the name
amplifier so that every McCauley Sound cabinet could
of the Cosmos Arena, due to the Samara region being
have its own specific process. Dante was also installed
known for its links to the space industry. The design
to send digital signal from the control room to all the
itself, conceived by GMP Architekten also strikes some
amplifier racks distributed all around the stadium.” For
resemblance to a spacecraft, having a 60-metre high dome
Samara Arena, 52 RAM Audio V12004’s and 22 RAM Audio
covered with translucent panels in favour of a façade.
V12044’s, all equipped with DSP, Dante, Ethernet, standby
Ground was broken for this stadium in 2014, it’s located on
and impedance monitoring were specified, alongside eight
the banks of the Volga River and can hold 45,000 people.
RAM Audio MDi2-6Ks for the VIP section.
Prior to the Luzhniki Stadium, it took almost six months
Despite its construction problems and delays, the end
of testing, measuring, and making prototypes, until the
result for the Samara Arena is an eye-catching one.
products were perfect for the application. So, when it came
The dome roof provides a cosmic-like introduction for
to the Samara Arena - and the subsequent installs - it
fans, which is followed through with the steel structure
was a case of repeating the distributed system comprising
inside liken to a starship chassis, that leads fans into
McCauley Sound Inc clusters of line arrays. The major
the promenade of the stadium. The auditorium itself
challenge as this stadium though, was the design changes
is traditional in its layout with two seating tiers and
during construction. The finished stadium has deviated
corporate areas separating the two. It was the last
quite significantly from the original design in terms of
stadium to be approved for the 2018 World Cup, just
size, construction, and spatial effect. With it’s uniquely
six weeks ahead of the kick-off for the first match, but
tall roof - four-metres higher than Luzhniki Stadium - but
unfortunately, there are no longer term plans for it at
with almost half the capacity, the loudspeaker locations
did differ. Despite the smaller capacity and unique design
Above: Samara Arena was the final venue to be FIFA approved, just six weeks ahead of the competition starting.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 128 x McCauley Sound Inc ILA412 long throw line array cabinet | 24 x RAM Audio V12004 amplifier | 16 x RAM Audio V12044 amplifier | 3 x RAM Audio MDi2-6K amplifier
the rest followed suit. A total of 128 McCauley Sound Inc
Not designed and built specifically for the 2018 World Cup,
ILA412 line array systems were flown in the Saransk Arena.
Saransk Arena, won the bid to be a host venue, mainly due
Due to the low roof, not as many boxes were required to
to the advanced preparation that had been undertaken
provide the arena with even coverage across the bowl.
prior to the announcement of Russian being the host
Yet more RAM Audio amplifiers were installed too. And
country for the football.
similarly to McCauley Sound Inc, the manufacturer made
In 2010 the old stadium of Saransk was demolished, and
customised tweaks to its products to ensure it met the
in its place an indoor was built. However, with football
requirements. Monica Royo of RAM Audio continued:
club, FK Mordovia relocating to a newly built athletics
“We had the V Series amplifiers in our catalogue with
stadium, it because clear quite quickly that this would
optional DSP, but we didn’t have any control system to
only serve as a temporary measure and that a new football
install in the amplifiers, which was a requirement. So we
specific stadium would need to be built. The new stadium
developed a system - including DSP, Dante, EtheRAM
was supposed to be ready in time to celebrate the 1,000th
control, and impedance measuring - to be included in
anniversary of Mordovian unification with Russia, but
all the V Series amplifiers, which were installed into
unfortunately that deadline provide impossible to reach.
the stadiums.” Control impedance in all the amplifiers
Once again, there were many design changes along the
was particularly important to ensure all channels were
way, quite possible due to the dual purpose the venue was
functioning correctly at any given time. If a fault appeared
now being built for - the anniversary and the tournament.
on a loudspeaker, a warning protocol will kick-in, in the
The renowned Populous was behind the original design for
control room to notify engineers of the fault and where it is
the stadium. The exterior kept its solar symbolism with
so it can be addressed and fixed.
intensive orange-to-red facade, like the sun rising above
It’s more of the same at Saransk Arena with the line-
the horizon. The seating also remains largely untouched
up here comprising 24 RAM Audio V12004’s, 16 RAM
in terms of a redesign. For the 2018 World Cup the
Audio V12044 and three RAM Audio MDi2-6Ks plus five
seating capacity was 45,000, but with temporary sections
RAM Audio MDi8-6Ks in the VIP areas. The amplifiers,
throughout the perimeter, which will now be removed,
monitoring and signal redundancy systems, media
the new reduced capacity will stand at 30,000 people. This
converters, routers and BSS matrixes, Midas control
decision was made to the due to Saransk Arena being the
panels are all connected by an optical cable. This allows
smallest of the host cities, with a matching population.
the ability to control the configuration of all systems by a
Saransk Arena didn’t cause too many issues with installer,
tablet via Wi-Fi. “You can go anywhere on the field or in
Russian Sound Systems (RSS), although one common
the stands to achieve the desired sound,” explained Nikolai
problem across all stadiums was the weather. Executive
Usov, Head of Design and Installation at RSS. Added to the
Director, McCauley Sound, Sam Ocean furthered: “All the
seating alterations, it appears the Saransk Arena is one of
products had to be really well protected from moisture,
the most flexible venues to be built.
Above: Work began in Saransk Arena before Russia was announced as the World Cup host country. Its advanced preparation went in its favour when the tournament venues were being chosen.
snow, UV and temperature changes.” But once again, after implementing the protection during the first installation,
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 164 x McCauley Sound Inc ILA412 long throw line array cabinet | 22 x RAM Audio V12004 amplifier | 20 x RAM Audio V12044 amplifier | 2 x RAM Audio MDi2-6K amplifier
This didn’t affect the overall performance of the sound
Another brand new facility housed on the banks of the
system though, as Executive Director, McCauley Sound
River Don, the Rostov Arena is similar to some of its peers
Inc, Sam Ocean expressed: “We’ve had some really good
in size - totalling 45,000 seats - and its delayed build,
feedback from the commentators on the quality of the
going seven months over its complexion date. However, it
was still ready in plenty of time for the 2018 World Cup.
Driving the 164 ILA412 line arrays are 22 RAM Audio
Concept design was undertaken by Populous. Christopher
V12004’s, 20 RAM Audio V12044’s and two RAM Audio
Lee, Managing Director of Populous (EMEA), said: “We are
MDi2-6K amplifiers for the VIP areas. Nikolai Usov,
very proud that Populous–designed stadia are playing such
Head of Design and Installation at RSS said: “Computer
a pivotal role in making the 2018 World Cup a successful
programs for monitoring each of these devices has been
tournament. Fans from around the world are uniting in our
implemented. Using RAM_OCS, each of the amplifiers,
venues and the shared passion of football is bringing us all
located at high heights, can be watched while sitting in the
a little closer together.”
control room. The parameters of each individual device or
Damon Lavelle, Principal and Project Leader added: “It is
each group of amplifiers can also be adjusted remotely.”
incredibly exciting to see these four venues [Rostov Arena,
When this project first began, it was due to be part of a
Saransk Arena, Kazan Arena and Fisht Olympic Stadium],
larger complex, and although the other proposed buildings
each of which had their own unique design challenges and
didn’t get finished in time for the Summer of 2018, now
opportunities, come together to feature on the biggest
that the stadium has completed it duty, building work can
begin again. Landscaping, leisure facilities, offices and
One of the most striking parts of the design is the
commercial investments are all expected to come back into
stadium’s façade. It is brought to life at night through its
the fold, which will strengthen the desirable use for the
covering of perforated aluminium, and built-in LEDs that
stadium in years to come.
illuminated the façade. Adding to the visual, a large screen has also been built into the western side of the exterior. The perforated aluminium roof, deemed a ‘soft roof’ in audio terms, raised some issues with McCauley distributor, Russian Sound Systems (RSS). Instead of hanging 22 McCauley Sound ILA412 clusters in the same configuration as the other stadiums, RSS had to install 44 smaller clusters, consisting of 164 ILA 412,
Above: A perforated aluminium roof with built-in LEDs brings the Rostov Arena to life at night.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 144 x McCauley Sound Inc ILA412 long throw line array cabinet | 20 x RAM Audio V12004 amplifier | 20 x RAM Audio V12044 amplifier | 4 x RAM Audio MDi2-6K amplifier
and the hardware to be white, which proved to be a bit of
Kaliningrad Arena, also known as Baltika Arena moved
a challenge, but we managed to overcome it with the help
from its original planned home after a concept put
of RSS. In fact, we appreciate all the help and cooperation
together by Willmotte & Associes and design work carried
during the manufacturing and installation processes that
out by Mostovik came to a hault when the latter company
collapsed. However, with the quick suggestion by the
More RAM Audio V12004’s and RAM Audio V12044’s,
sports minister from the Kaliningrad authorities to
20 of each in total were installed at Kaliningrad Arena.
relocate to an easier site, the project was back on track.
These sit alongside four RAM Audio MDi2-6K in the VIP
The new location for the stadium was Oktyabrsky Ostrov
areas. Nikolai Usov, Head of Design and Installation at
(October Island), which is located in the heart of the city.
RSS commented on the advantages of the having the DSP
The site was not only a new home for the venue, but plans
presets and configuration - specifically created using the
were put in place to create a microdistrict around it that
RAM_OCS software - working directly with the amplifiers.
in total would stretch 140 hectares. Along with a new
He said : “In the programming interface of RAM_OCS,
location, a fresh design and construction team was also put
we have developed a special window that shows only
in place - the Crocus Group.
malfunctions: if something happens, the amplifier
To adhere to time restraints a lot of the design needed
number and the nature of the malfunction immediately
to be simplified, but the finished arena is a conservative
appear. Technologies enable the operator to navigate in
one, which still deserves it place of the football stage.
the environment and make decisions quickly, almost like
Perforated white and blue aluminium panels create an
a surgeon. You can see a picture of the functioning of the
angular exterior form. The colours are replicated inside for
entire system and promptly adjust the overall picture at
the seating and are the home colours of resident football
the expense of other devices and nodes.”
club, FK Baltika. The roof height peaks at 47-metres and
The stadium will likely decrease its capacity in the not too
the stadium capacity is smaller than the rest of it siblings,
distant future, but will remain the home of FK Baltika,
housing just 35,000 people.
so fans will be able to enjoy this new-built stadium in
Russian Sound Systems (RSS) followed the same pattern
future years, hopefully with the addition of the rest of the
for the audio set-up, using 144 McCauley Sound Inc
Above: Kaliningrad Arena followed the same audio template at the other stadiums, with the exception of the hardware being white.
ILA412 line array systems in total at Kaliningrad Arena. Executive Director, McCauley Sound Inc, Sam Ocean explained the exception though: “The customer decided at the very last moment that they want the sound system
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ORLANDO CITY STADIUM Orlando, USA
Images: Clair Solutions
ith a desire to join the MLS in 2015, the city of Orlando knew to stand a chance of getting the proposal accepted, it needed to have a new soccer-specific stadium for what would
become its home club, Orlando City SC. Plans were announced to build said stadium that same year, and construction began shortly after. Orlando City SC played its first two seasons in the MLS at the Orlando Citrus Bowl before moving to the new stadium once it was complete. Orlando City Stadium is North America’s first MLS stadium to have a standing section, which upped its originally planned capacity from 19,000 to almost 30,000. The new facility was designed by architect, Populous and boasts another unique feature with the closest first row and steepest upper seating bowl in the league. “Being able to describe features of the stadium as the first, the closest and the steepest really tells the story of what kind of impact it will have on the league,” said Populous Senior Principal, Bruce Miller. “From the sightlines to the seatto-pitch proximity, Orlando City Stadium is optimised for the ultimate match day experience.” “Our new facility truly reflects the energy and intensity of the growing soccer market here in the United States,” said Orlando City Soccer Club CEO Alex Leitao. “From the start, Populous understood we were designing for soccer first, everything else came second. As a result, we’re extremely proud of the new home they have helped us create for the Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride.” Populous worked in conjunction with audiovisual consultant, WJHW, which provided design services for the LED scoreboard / video display systems, video production system, distributed video system, broadcast cabling provisions, meeting room audiovisual system, coaching video system, seating bowl sound systems and security
(video surveillance / access control systems).
mounted, large versus small form factor.
“The bid and interview process for Orlando City Stadium
JBL also offers some of the best price to performance ratio
was extremely competitive,” explained Tim Jacobs,
in comparison any manufacturer in the industry,” Tim
Project Manager for Clair Solutions. “Populous was the
architectural firm for the stadium, and WJHW consultant,
BSS processing and Crown DCI networked amplifiers drive
Gary White, designed the sound reinforcement, broadcast
the system. Dante digital audio and BSS HiQnet Audio
cabling, and video production systems. Over the course of
Architect control are distributed from the mix booth to six
the roughly six-month installation process, Clair Solutions
separate amp rack locations over single mode fiber optics
installed all of the audio for the building - including the
using Cisco SG500 switches. Harman BluLink distributes
bowl, the VIP lounge, bathrooms, locker rooms, and press
digital audio within each amplifier rack location, where
area, as well as the broadcast cabling and the video replay
the Crown amplifiers power the JBL loudspeakers. A
system. Typical for a project of this size, timelines for
Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console is located in the
project milestones were tight. Working with Jose Sandoval,
announcer’s booth serves as the main interface for the
project manager for Barton Mallow, we were able to stay
system. A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 provides mixing
on schedule and deliver the finished product on time.”
capabilities in the video production booth. Extron switches
To ensure a smooth installation on site, the Clair Solutions
and controllers link systems, and to save space within the
team set up, programmed, and tested the entire system
venue, an externally-positioned, stainless steel enclosure
under more controlled conditions at their facility in
houses audio tie lines, Triax camera connections, fiber
Manheim, Pennsylvania. The distributed JBL system
optic, data, and video ties between the dock and all camera
comprises a mixture of PD, AM, AW, and Control Series
positions around the stadium.
loudspeakers. The main field loudspeakers are attached
Using brands that all sit under the HARMAN parent
to the underside of the grandstand canopies, while the
company offers certain plus points including streamlined
smaller distributed loudspeakers cover the press areas,
ordering procedures, service advantages, and flexibility
club levels, suites, and concourses. “JBL offers a complete
to make inevitable changes as they may come up on every
line of weatherised products so it was truly a one-stop-
project. “The goal of the audio system was to provide
shop, since many of the different stadium areas required
adequate level, coverage, and fidelity, while remaining
difference loudspeaker types - surface versus ceiling
discrete, and ascetically complementing of the stadium
Above: The Orlando City Stadium’s purple seats make for a striking appearance.
THE FULL PITCH
TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 200 x JBL x Control 26CT ceiling loudspeaker | 68 x JBL Control 24CT ceiling loudspeaker | 56 x JBL Control 25-1-WH loudspeaker | 164 x JBL Control 28-1 WH loudspeaker | 58 x JBL AW566 loudspeaker | 86 x JBL AWC82 loudspeaker | 16 x JBL AW595 loudspeaker | 88 x JBL AM7212/00-WRX loudspeaker | 24 x JBL PD6322/64-WRX loudspeaker | 28 x JBL PD6322/66-WRX loudspeaker | 102 x JBL AC18/26-WRX-100T loudspeaker | 4 x JBL JRX212 monitor | 28 x JBL Control 25-1 loudspeaker | 2 x Crown DCi 2|300N amplifier | 4 x Crown DCI 2|1250N amplifier | 20 x Crown DCi 4 | 600N amplifer | 40 x Crown DCi 4|1250N amplifier | 10 x Crown DCi4|2400N amplifier | 7 x BSS Sound London BLU-806 DSP unit | 1 x BSS Sound London BLU-BIB break-in box | 1 x BSS Sound London BLU-BOB2 break-out box | 12 x Clear-Com RM-702 remote station rack mount | 6 x Clear-Com RS-702 dual channel belt pack | 2 x Clear-Com MS-704 heeadset/speaker station | 10 x Clear-Com CC-400-X4 headset | 20 x Clear-Com CC-300-X4 headset | 16 x Blackmagic Audio Monitor rack unit | 2 x Sennheiser ew 300-2 IEM G3 wireless monitoring sound system | 4 x Sennheiser ew 365 g3-a-x wireless condenser microphone set | AKG mics | Shure mics VIDEO & LIGHTING: 2 x Ross Video BVS-102P-10 two-channel multi-definition video server | 2 x Ross Video BVS-100AP-BP BlackStorm 102 & 104 breakout panel | 2 x Ross Video NK-3G72 72x72 3G/HD/SD reclocking SDI router | 2 x Ross Video NK-A64 64x64 stereo analogue audio routing system | 2 x Ross Video NK-IPS NK network IP configuration device | 2 x Ross Video NK-VRC NK virtual routing core device | 16 x Ross Video RCP-NK1 40 LED Illum Button local/remote panel | 10 x Ross Video UDA-8705A-R2L analogue video utility distribution amp | 6 x Ross Video ADC-8434-A-R2A quad analogue audio to AES / EBU converter | 2 x Ross Video DAC-8418-A-R2A dual AES to quad analogue audio converter | 2 x Soundcraft Si Expression 1 lighting console | 2 x Soundcraft Si Expression 2 lighting console
THE FULL PITCH
architecture. This was accomplished by utilizing the
could use a different way, and subcontractor C could use in
distributed JBL loudspeakers and a mix of JBL’s lines
a still different way,” explained Seth Morth, Engineering
depending on the area. Also, Clair created custom rigging
Manager with Clair Solutions. “It’s a real sandbox - users
brackets for the canopy speakers to rig as tight to the
can configure it any which way, but the trade-off for all
building steel as possible,” added Tim.
that power is the risk of making it too difficult to use. We
Continuing with the HARMAN inventory, but also
fell back on industry best practices, including predictable
recognising that certain microphones work better than
signal flows and abundant, consistent documentation.
other for certain applciations, Clair Solutions installed
Every source, destination, and connection always get
models from Shure, Sennheiser, AKG, and Klover. Two
exactly the same label in all the documentation.”
Shure desktop microphones serve in the writing press
Major components in Orland Stadium’s in-house video
booth for production announcements and two Shure
replay system include a Ross Video Carbonite 2ME
handheld paging microphones allow for remote or on-field
switcher, Ross SDI-based NK-Series video and analogue
production pages. Two Sennheiser wireless systems convey
audio routers, a Ross video Blackstorm Video Server and a
performances of the national anthem and other a cappella
Ross MIRA Slo-Mo / Replay system. An AJA FS-2 handles
performances with solid musicality, and four wired AKG
video signal conversion when necessary, and IHSE KVM
microphones join them to accommodate larger vocal
matrix switches transmit video signals. Several Ikegami
groups. One Sennheiser lavalier microphone used with a
HC-HD300 Cameras with Fujifilm lenses cover both
Klover parabolic collector pick up specific on-field sounds
the stadium and the stands. Bittree B96H Series Video
and voices for use in broadcasts.
Patchbays provide robust connection points and Forecast
Finally, two headset microphones, interfaced with two
Consoles and Middle Atlantic Products provide custom
Studio Technologies announcer’s consoles, deliver public
furniture and racks.
pages and commentary with intelligibility and intuitive
The design and building time for a stadium project such
control for the hard of hearing.
as this can often take a number of years, however, from
Because different independent contractors for different
plans to opening for Orlando City Stadium was around the
teams and events handle in-house video production for
two-year mark. It was an fully privately-funded project,
the stadium’s scoreboard, Clair Solutions worked hard to
which may have contributed to the timeframe, but not
provide a powerful, open-architecture video replay system
matter what the reason, it means that the new MLS teams
with impeccable documentation. “We had to build a system
of Orlando have a state-of-the-art facility even though
that subcontractor A could use one way, subcontractor B
they are still very new to the game.
Above: Orlando City Stadium is North America’s first MLS stadium to have a standing section.
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01 VENUE FOCUS
064 Ion Oblemenco Stadium | Craiova, Romania
092 GrassMaster | 2018 World Cup Round-Up, Russia
070 The O2 Arena | London, England
076 KL Sports City | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
098 Kingsholm Stadium | Gloucester, England
082 TCO Performance Center | Minnesota, USA
100 TCO Studio | Minnesota, USA
086 Moda Center | Portland, USA 088 Sanford Stadium | Georgia, USA
ION OBLEMENCO STADIUM Craiova, Romania
Images: Bosch Building Technologies
naugurated at the end of 2017, Ion Oblemenco Stadium is located in the Romania city of Craiova. The design concept was conceived by designer, Proiect Bucuresti and was based
upon the Brâncuși egg, one of Romanian artist, Constantin Brâncuși, most recognised works. The height of the stadium reaches 60-metres, making it one of the tallest stadiums in this vicinity of Europe. The roof design adds the extra height, reaching upwards from the steep stands, and at the same time offers well-insulated acoustics in the bowl and doesn’t interfere with spectator sightlines. The new stadium has a 30,000-capacity, took two-anda-half years to build at a cost of 51m Euros, and is home
to football club, CS Universitatea Craiova. To future-proof the stadium for mass sporting events, it required the security solution to abide by the stringent guidelines set out by the 2020 European Football Championships. The Craiova officials found their solution in Bosch Building Technologies. Working closely with the on-site team, Bosch Building Technologies installed a fire and safety solution comprising four fire panels and 1,500 detectors. The stadium was also equipped with a new state-of-theart sound system from Electro-Voice for music and commentary, Dynacord for evacuation, and Bosch loudspeakers for interior sound, as well as a Bosch conference and interpretation system for the press room.
“When we modelled in EASE4 we got excellent results with the Electro-Voice EVH-1152D 15-inch two-way loudspeakers and so decided to deploy them throughout the project.” Alexandru Tican
Alexandru Tican from Bosch partner, Gerom International said: “We have been installing audio systems in Romania for about 20 years. We were the first company to use EASE 3D simulations. The scale of the project called for
software simulation, so the contractor asked for our help.
EVH Series dedicated installation loudspeakers would meet
A key requirement was to achieve uniform SPL with high
the spec with their high sensitivity, compact dimensions,
intelligibility for evacuation purposes. The goal was to
dispersion pattern options, and EVCoat weather-resistant
achieve a SPL of 110dB, with a difference of less than 6dB,
across all areas of the stadium.
Alongside the main sound system, Bosch Building
“When we modelled in EASE4 we got excellent results
Technologies also supplied and installed a video security
with the Electro-Voice EVH-1152D 15-inch two-way
system including 211 cameras, centrally managed on
loudspeakers and so decided to deploy them throughout
a single platform through an enterprise edition of the
Bosch Video Management System (BVMS). The networked
While the main sound reinforcement and public address
cameras serve a wide range of functions at entry and
systems serve different functions, they are completely
exit points and areas surrounding the stadium. On the
integrated. A Dynacord DPM 8016 digital matrix handles all
perimeter, 115 robust DINION IP bullet 5000 cameras
audio inputs, which are transported on optical fibre to four
watch central avenues leading to the stadium, while 86
Electro-Voice Dx46 processors, and then to the amplifier
discrete FLEXIDOME IP 5000 cameras monitor visitors.
racks containing 22 Electro-Voice CPS 2.12MkII amplifiers,
For added security, eight AUTODOME IP 7000 cameras
16 Dynacord DPA 8150 and four Dynacord DPA 8225
- two on the stadium outside, six inside - safeguard the
amplifiers on 100V line outputs. A Midas M32R console has
surroundings with on-board Intelligent Video Analytics.
also been installed. Bosch Building Technologies was keen
Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) allows for smart video
to have a digital console in order to have the possibility to
surveillance functions. For instance, Intelligent Tracking
store and load presets as required.
automatically tracks moving objects based on predefined
The result of the final audio tests was much better than
alarm rules. Besides automatic tracking of objects of
expected. Alexandru explained: “We measured the SPL at
interest once certain predefine rules, like loitering,
between 112dB and 113dB, compared to a predicted level
security operators in Craiova can also manually track
of 114dB from the EASE simulation, and the maximum
groups of football fans or follow specific individuals.
difference was only 4dB. The stadium now has very clear
Video streams of all 211 cameras are monitored in a
and intelligible sound. We knew that the Electro-Voice
central security room, manned by operator personnel
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION AUDIO: 68 x Electro-Voice EVH-1152D two-way horn-loaded full-range loudspeaker | 22 x Electro-Voice CPS 2.12 MkII Contractor Precision Series Class-H power amplifier | 4 x Electro-Voice Dx46 two-in / six-out FIR-Drive sound system processor | 4 x Dynacord DPM 8016 digital matrix manager | 2 x Dynacord DPC 8015 paging console | 16 x Dynacord DPA 8150 500W 100V line Class-D power amplifier | 4 x Dynacord DPA 8225 2 x 250W 100V line Class-D power amplifier | 1 x Midas M32R digital console VIDEO: 115 x Bosch DINION IP bullet 5000 camera | 86 x Bosch FLEXIDOME IP 5000 camera | 8 x Bosch AUTODOME IP 7000 camera | 1 x Bosch Video Management System | 2 x Bosch DIVAR IP 7000 network video recording unit | 1 x Video Recording Manager (VRM) software package
and members of Romaniaâ€™s police during matches. Video
video level, Ion Oblemenco Stadium has become the first
data is safely stored on two Bosch DIVAR IP 7000 network
stadium in Romania to be fully certified to host matches
video recording units with a total of 256TB storage
for the First Romanian Football League, European league
capacity. The recorders feature Video Recording Manager
matches, Champions League and national team matches.
(VRM) software to increase reliability and reduce storage
It has also set a standard for future stadiums that are due
volumes and costs, by automatically balancing the video
to be built for the 2020 tournament. Furthermore, it has
stream load to the free available storage devices. Also the
earned a fourth place ranking on the StadiumDB.com list
recording units support forensic search enabling security
for Stadium of the Year 2017.
operators to quickly retrieve the relevant video data from hours of stored video to deliver irrefutable evidence. By adhering to the international guidelines for the 2020 European Football Championships on both an audio and
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THE O2 ARENA London, England Images: SSE Special Projects
he O2 is the world’s most popular music and
bespoke control for security, engineering control and fault
entertainment venue and was named 2018
reporting - because primarily the system is used for both
Pollstar ‘International Venue of the Year’
production and life safety.
for the tenth time since its opening on 2007,
“We reviewed the main factors of the technology
amongst other numerous awards over the past 10 years.
available; looked at various networks; talked to different
Last year The O2 celebrated its tenth anniversary with a
manufacturers and got an insight into where they thought
series of concerts featuring Ed Sheeran, alt-j and Celine
they were going with their networking technologies. We
Dion. Famed for its musical performances, The O2 hosts a
found one we were happy to work with, a company we’d
plethora of other events including comedy, exhibitions and
worked with before. Next we looked at loudspeakers and
sporting competitions from the worlds of NBA ATP tennis,
again talked to the manufacturers and we then looked at
martial arts, gymnastics, boxing and was a venue the 2012
how we were going to integrate all these technologies into
a single platform.”
No matter the type of event taking place, a production
Eddie opted for a QSC Q-SYS digital audio platform and
audio and Public Address/Voice Alarm (PAVA) system is
network with Bose ShowMatch line arrays powered by
a vital element of the arena. It is used for every date in
Crown amplification within the main performance bowl
the diary for general messaging and security, and with
area. The BOH areas are served from multiple equipment
sports games, it is often utilised for FOH presentation and
racks containing Q-SYS and Crown amplification. “We had
to consider the network topology and consider reusing
Venue operator, AEG, has been working with system
the existing fire rated fibre cable backbone. The system is
integrator, SSE Audio Group for the past 10 years, so
based on two redundant QSC Core servers, each of which
when AEG began a life-cycle analysis to identify a critical
has a separate fibre network and two separate equipment
equipment replacement programme, SSE Special Projects
racks, so in effect there are two networks running from
was its first port of call for the technical review. Director of
independent locations. In the event of an incident in one
Building Services at The O2, Lee Lacey explained: “Back in
part of the building, it doesn’t compromise the system,”
2013, we did a site-wide lifespan analysis and looked at all
our assets - electrical, UPS, mechanical, ventilation and of
“We had to look at the network connectivity to the Crown
course our PAVA system. Our consultant said, even though
amplifiers, too, because they obviously run on Dante
the system did have some life left in it, we should start
as well as HiQnet, but not on Q-SYS. We sat down with
looking into options. We wanted to enhance the system,
Harman (Crown amplifiers) and over a period of about six
not just swap it out like for like. We also needed to work out
to eight months we developed a Q-SYS plug-in, a software
how to upgrade the system bit by bit without interrupting
plug-in that is an object within a Q-SYS design file. It
the arena schedule. The system has to work across the
allows us to extract data from the HiQnet ports on the
entire venue, even if there isn’t an event taking place.”
amplifiers, so we can monitor the loudspeaker circuits, the
SSE Audio Group’s Head of Special Projects, Eddie Thomas,
signal paths and check the condition of the loudspeakers.”
was tasked to provide a new PAVA design with a number
Originally Eddie was going to use Bose RoomMatch but
of options for The O2. After many discussions and design
because of his relationship with Bose, he got a little
concepts SSE Audio and AEG settled on a preferred option
insider knowledge, and hung back for the ShowMatch
and set about a five-year upgrade plan. This began with
instead. The Bose line arrays as a general rule, run on Bose
the sitewide PAVA network, then the Back of House (BOH)
amplifiers, so matching them with Crown for this project
amplifiers, with the arena bowl loudspeakers and the
posed another challenge for Eddie and the team. He had
subwoofer arrays added this year.
to develop DSP tunings that would work within the Crown
Eddie commented: “We looked at replacing key elements
amplifiers, and offer the optimum performance expected
of the technology by doing an evaluation exercise, looking
from the ShowMatch. “We sent the two models of the
at what might be around the corner and what future
amplifiers to Bose, and they put in some DSP tuning, which
technologies were coming up. We wanted to provide a 10-
were not far off what we’d put in ourselves, so we were
year future proof life cycle system. We looked at networks,
pleased with that,” said Eddie.
amplification, loudspeakers and of course we had to look at
The Bose arrays have been flown on a central circular truss
the operational suitability - which systems could provide
in the bowl. Two of the arrays feature nine ShowMatch
cabinets, and the remaining six comprise eight boxes.
low frequency and DCi 8|600 for the high frequencies. The
“ShowMatch offers great coverage, right down to the
sub-bass arrays are powered by Bose PM8500 amplifiers.
floor, and that’s because of the different elements that are
The same Crown DCi-DA models were also used in the BOH
available within the series - 5º, 10º and 20º with different
horizontal dispersion horns. We’re using a combination
Tying the entire system together is the QSC Q-SYS
of those in the arrays to give us even coverage all the
network. Eddie specified a pair of QSC Q-SYS Core 3100i
way down the bowl. The centre clusters cover the entire
processors as the backbone of the system. From the two
audience, all the way down to the front seats but don’t
remote control racks Q-SYS Cores are linked over dual fibre
cover the arena floor,” Eddie continued.
optic cable backbone to over 100 Crown DCi-DA amplifiers,
For sub-bass, the Bose RMS218 subwoofers were selected.
housed in 16 amplifier racks and also security and control
A total of 24 RMS218 cabinets in six vertical hangs were
network stations with full GUI access.
roof mounted alongside the centre cluster arrays. Concert
Eddie elaborated: “Our Q-SYS network has complete
production arrays were installed within the horseshoe
redundancy, with separate fibre cable connections,
end of the arena and comprise four ShowMatch eight-box
separate fibre cable distribution switches, every rack
hangs, which throw across to the rear of the arena at level
has an A and a B fibre going to it from the Core servers
four. These provide the delay coverage to the upper levels
in different locations - so there are multiple levels of
when connected to the visiting / event production PA
redundancies. We can lose quite a bit of the network
without it affecting the performance of the VA system.
The loudspeaker setup was designed in Bose Modeler
Independently in the rack, we have our two fibre cables
prediction software. “We had to look at the performance
coming in, going through two separate A and B network
criteria and the BS7827 standards, which is fairly normal
switches and then split out to the amplifiers. Each
for arena and stadium use. It’s not an EN54 scenario but
amplifier is on its own separate A and B Dante network as
it’s a PAVA system that meets BS7827. The performance
standard we were looking for was around 110dBA on the
Part of the operational requirements are security and
floor and around 103dBA on the production delays. For
general messaging during events, so SSE has provided
speech and intelligibility - 0.5 STI is the standards required
a number of control screens for The O2. These are quite
target, but we’ve actually achieved .65 STI. The broadband
large - 32-inch touchscreen monitors to be precise. One is
RT is about 1.9 seconds, which is good for an arena of this
located in the main security room, one in the event control
size,” Eddie explained.
room and another in the sound control room. The in-house
For both elements of the PAVA system, FOH and BOH,
SSE Audio engineers can use these to look at the status
Eddie specified the same amplification for consistency of
of all the racks; any faults turn orange in the system to
maintenance and performance.
indicate that piece of equipment is compromised. The team
For the Bose ShowMatch arrays in the bowl and production
can then use the touchscreens to interrogate the rack fault,
delays, Eddie specified Crown DCi 4|1250 amplifiers for
the GUI will then identify exactly where the fault is, so it
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can be addressed and fixed. Paging units (GUI), were also designed specifically for this site, that allow full control of both the emergency and event security messaging systems. A message can be recorded, stored in the system, to be played out at the correct time, in different zones, as required. Each zone 140 in total at the last count - is allocated in the system
TECHNICAL INFORMATION 8 x Bose ShowMatch line array | 6 x Bose ShowMatch RMS218 subwoofer array | 4 x Bose ShowMatch production array | 2 x Bose ShowMatch upper delay array | Crown DCi 4|1250 amplifiers | Crown DCi 8|600 amplifiers | 2 x QSC Q-SYS Core 3100i processor | QSC Q-SYS Core 510i processors | QSC Q-SYS I/O Frame Type 2 | Dante audio cards
and there are a number of presets that are used in each zone for almost every event - standard general messages. Live announcements are obviously, also possible. Summing up, Eddie concluded: “The venue now has a great sounding, robust and incredibly flexible audio and PAVA solution, that we can now build on for future developments on the site. The PA system is used as a standalone audio solution for sporting events and other productions in the round. For concerts and touring productions, where a stage is built at one end of the bowl, the touring system will provide the main L-R audio but will interface with the house system for upper delays and infill. In all applications the system is the venue’s PAVA solution, enabling security and management staff to provide guidance in the event of an incident or emergency.” There’s still more to come too, with further plans due to be implemented over the next two years.
DESIGN & SYSTEM INTEGRATOR: SSE Audio Special Projects | BRANDS: Bose Professional, QSC, Crown WEBSITES: www.sseaudiogroup.com, pro.bose.com, www.qsc.com, www.crownaudio.com 074
SETTING THE STANDARDS FOR STADIUM SOUND
EKATERINBURG ARENA - RUSSIA | FIFA WORLD CUP - RUSSIA 2018
KL SPORTS CITY Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Images: Aaron Pocock
ompleted in just 18 months in order to host the 2017 South East Asia (SEA) Games, the new Kuala Lumpur Sports City - the largest sports complex in Malaysia - was designed
by Populous and developed by the Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB). The complex, which saw the existing Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex transformed, includes high-performance sports training facilities, a sports rehabilitation science centre, a youth park, a public sports facilities, a sports museum, a youth hostel, a convention centre and a sportsfocused retail mall. Being such an ambitious rejuvenation project, the aesthetics were of vital importance, which is why Singapore-based Limelight atelier was appointed as lighting design consultant. Melvyn Law, Director at Limelight atelier, explained the task they were given for KL Sports City: â€œThe brief was to create a seamless integration of faĂ§ade lighting, expressing the architecture and the space. We had to pay particular attention to the costs and timeline due to the tight construction deadlines, too.
“We took it further to increase energy efficiency and
blending in as part of the architecture. It allows for the
reduce cost by creating a lighting scheme that encourages
illumination of two blade surfaces, illuminates the roof
multiple values in return.”
ring structure and, at the twisting juncture of the blades,
Limelight atelier worked on the design of the façades of
reflects some light inwards, adding visual depth to the
the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Axiata Arena, National
architecture by paying homage to the existing iconic
Aquatic Centre and the new covered link way.
skeleton structures. This adds not just aesthetics, but
The 87,000-seat Bukit Jalil National Stadium is at the
allows for the reduction of functional lighting to the
heart of the complex - and the new, striking façade
perimeter of the stadium.
has a distinctly local feel, reminiscent of the stripes of
Another venue Limelight atelier worked on was the Axiata
the Malayan tiger. It allows for sun shading, natural
Arena - formerly known as Putra Stadium. The building
ventilation and transparency to the existing iconic
fabric of the indoor arena was to have illumination
radiating through the undulating perforated façade
The lighting scheme consists of concealed lines of lights,
panels, revealing a tremendous visual interest of form,
which are carefully integrated within the 678 parametric
light and colour after dusk. The positioning of the grazing
twisting blades using Acclaim lighting’s LED Flex tape
luminaires for an optimised display of the geometry of
RGBW, with eight-pixel control of the LED nodes at
the façade - especially at the entrance’s wavy roof - was
every metre that allows for close and far away visuals of
the first challenge. However, with multiple desktop
graphical displays and colours. This gives the operators the
simulations, small scale tests and full size mockups with
ability to display a fully bespoke visual for every event.
the support of the contractors and manufacturer, the issue
The second layer of the lighting design saw the design and
implementation of a bespoke six-headed adjustable gimbal
The Limelight atelier team faced another challenge in the
luminaire from Acclaim. The solution greatly reduced the
form of concealing the luminaires and its auxiliaries to
amount of light fixtures needed to illuminate multiple
minimise electrical and control cables routing disruption
aspects of the façade, adding a welcome ecological aspect
to the existing building due to cost and time limitations
to the design.
and site constraints. Working closely with Populous, an
Each luminaire is carefully placed in between each blade,
architecture tray detail was designed to integrate into the
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edifice, concealing fixtures, cables and drivers.
pendant lighting using Targetti’s recessed downlights for
Meyer Epolux luminaires, mounted on columns, were
used as uplights for the main entrance to the arena.
ELR Vasari 3 recessed narrow beam downlights, with
Downlighting was designed as a distinct visual marker
selected Rosco colour filters, are used to graze the new
with a warmer 3,000K colour temperature, flanked by the
fritted façade glazing to optimally portray a new colour
cooler colour temperatures of 4,000K.
identity for the international-graded swimming arena.
At the boulevard, horizontal twisting blade roof elements
Following phase one of the project, the overall results have
formed the newly-constructed shaded canopies, linking
already seen an increased usage and social growth to the
the existing light rail station and various sports venues.
Each structure column is up-lighted in hues of blue using
“All lighting design should be smart in a way or another,
it does not make sense to have a design that does not
Melvyn explained the reason for this decision: “Besides
improve lives or the situation. Our designs not only
enhancing the aesthetics and decreasing energy usage, we
embrace this, but also push the limits in what we do and
also utilised colour psychology in the circulation area.
how we achieve it,” added Melvyn.
“The columns of the covered linkway are deliberately lit
“We treated each stadia and arena separately, but
in blue hues. This reflects the user’s journey, encouraging
holistically plan the lighting design to create a revelation
calm and authority if the spectators are ever upset with the
of sight and display.”
result of the game.”
KL Sports City has been recognised both internationally
Finally, the National Aquatic Centre, equipped with an
and regionally, too, highlighting the success of the project.
Olympic-standard swimming pool, is illuminated in the
Besides being a finalist of the World Architecture Festival
style of a “glowing lantern from within” expression,
in 2017, it is also a winner of the exterior lighting category
with Targetti luminaires uniformly uplighting the new
of the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018 and attained the
membrane canopy, along with suspended customised
Singapore Good Design Mark (SG MARK).
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TWIN CITIES ORTHOPEDICS PERFORMANCE CENTER Minnesota, USA
fter moving to its new training facility in
here. Facilities are very important. It’s important to our
March this year, the Minnesota Vikings NFL
day-to-day operations, it’s important to how we continue
team officially opened the complex with a
to develop and grow this roster. As Zygi [Wilf, co-owner]
ribbon cutting ceremony in June. The grand
stated, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center gives
opening of Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center
us a huge competitive advantage by the resources that
(TCO Performance Center) was born after the team has
are provided here - to our players, to our coaches, as we
made use of Winter Park - the 15-acre headquarters and
continue to try to strive to get better.”
practice facility in Eden Prairie - for the past 37 years and
Co-owner, Zygi Wilf commented during the opening that
it was beginning to feel tired.
he was honoured to be a ‘steward of such a great franchise’
Vikings General Maager, M Rick Spielman said at the
and reflected back to 2005 when he, his brother, Mark,
opening: “I’d just like to thank Mark [Wilf] and the rest
and their cousin, Lenny, led a group that purchased the
of our ownership group for providing us with tremendous
franchise. At that time, in addition to establishing the
resources to try to accomplish winning championships
Vikings as a world-class organisation, building a new
stadium, hosting a Super Bowl and bringing a Lombardi
architecture that is ideal for the ever-changing video,
Trophy to Minnesota, the Wilfs aimed to construct a new
marketing, and sales requirements of today’s sports
headquarters - and it seems they met the latter goal.
venues. The VITEC equipment provides full control of each
The new facility boasts over 277,000 sq ft of space, which
video stream, allowing the Vikings to support its staff and
includes administrative ofﬁces, ﬁve outdoor practice
players, as well as enable a new fan experience during its
ﬁelds, an outdoor training area, an indoor practice facility,
practice games. With centralised creation, distribution,
a team auditorium, a media centre, locker rooms, and
and monitoring of live and on-demand video content and
several specialised ﬁtness zones. In addition, the centre
digital signage, each display offers a unique experience
is designed to offer an incredible fan experience with a
that meets the requirements of the user and space.
6,500-seat practice stadium that will be used for training
In order to effectively manage satellite/cable TV content,
camp and other events.
VITEC’s approved AES content protection capability
To make the new centre one of the most advanced sports
offered through the EZ TV Platform enables the facility
practice facility in the world, the Vikings owners Zygi,
to quickly receive approvals from DirecTV for using the
Mark and Lenny, agreed that video capabilities had to be at
Com2000 IP gateway as a source for dozens of DirecTV
the forefront of every area. And to that end, more than 300
channels. Streams from the Com2000 are processed in
video displays of all different sizes were installed around
real-time by VITEC’s Ocaster DRM server and streamed
the complex. The screens are responsible for delivering a
fully encrypted from the server room to any desktop
wealth of content to the organisation, including providing
and physical end-point connected to a display. EZ TV’s
access to a broad range of TV channels, live camera feeds,
ﬁeld-proven and service-provider-approved end-to-end
as well as digital signage content. The digital signage alone
encryption architecture provides a major advantage for
includes workout schedules, nutritional information and
venues as they discuss IPTV distribution with their content
human resources content.
With such multifaceted technical and operational
Concluding, Vice President, Corporate & Technology
requirements, the Vikings needed a centralised solution
Partnerships at Minnesota Vikings, John Penhollow said:
that would allow its administrators to manage, create, and
“VITEC’s IPTV and Digital Signage Platform has enabled us
distribute any video feed and enable on-demand access to
to connect every layer of our organisation - from our staff,
TV channels within an easy-to-use, affordable system that
administrators, coaches, players, and fans - with leading-
would deliver the best performance and quality of streams.
class technology that allows every stream of content to be
After reviewing a number of providers, VITEC was
reliably delivered with low latency.”
specified to equip the facility with its video needs. VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Platform provides the Vikings with a professional, broadcast-grade IPTV and digital signage ecosystem that builds upon the ethos of being one of the most advanced sports practice facility in the world. VITEC’s IPTV and Digital Signage Solution for Sports Venues offer a cost-effective, ﬂexible, and open
BRANDS: VITEC | WEBSITES: www.vitec.com 084
Above: More than 300 VITEC video displays have been installed across the complex.
MODA CENTER Portland, USA
re-game NBA shows are often extravagant,
takes up the story: “The Trail Blazers’ creative services
eye-catching displays, designed to capture the
and game entertainment staff were looking for a fresh
attention of the crowd and get them ready for
pre-game intro look, with a long-held belief that the
the game - and, at the Moda Center, it’s no
experience should have the same impact from the floor to
the 300 [tier of seats] level.
The venue - home to NBA side, Portland Trail Blazers -
“Many of the creative options available in an NBA pre-
has a capacity of 19,393 for basketball, though that can be
game environment did not pass that test, so Craig Winslow
increased to 20,796 with standing room. Each fan there for
of Craig Winslow Studio and the Trail Blazers’, Billie Olson
the NBA Playoffs was wowed by the pre-game show, which
conceptualised a 360º projection cylinder that would fly
was delivered with the support of disguise and its 4x4pro
in from the scoreboard and disappear just as fast as it
Along with MeyerPro, a broadcast and audiovisual
“A kabuki curtain release system was used to reveal
specialist that worked as the Trail Blazer’s production
the cylinder from its position tucked away below the
partner, the disguise system showcased its flexibility
scoreboard. Projectors from each corner illuminated the
and utility to deliver fan content for all types of national
canvas for a seamless 360º video intro including highlights
sporting events, delivering dynamic, superhero
from the Trail Blazers’ season.
“The concept was to tell a story of the team and fans
Luke Buchanan, Lead Technician at MeyerPro, who served
coming together aptly set to Junkie XL’s remix of The
as disguise Systems Designer and Operator on the project
Beatles’ song, ‘Come Together’. We also wanted to make
sure the 35ft tall screen made the players larger than life,
of a team of stagehands on the ground,” explained Luke.
in superhero form, as they walked out during intros.”
“Each drop of the cylinder screen took roughly one hour to
As the startling line ups weren’t released until shortly
reset and, with the screen down, all court operations had
before the game, Luke had to have a list of all possible
to be at a standstill since the screen floats onto the floor at
starting players on his timeline. Once the introductions
half court. This gave us only a few moments in each cycle
had finished, the fabric was released from the scoreboard
to walk the arena and touch up the warp and blend. I was
above the court, dissipating down to the floor with the
able to take a disguise Designer license out wirelessly on
projection following the screen position, dropping and
a laptop to apply those changes from different seating
sections.” A disguise 4x4pro is deployed as the master system, with a second one as an understudy, providing a robust solution that delivers stability, flexibility and functionality.
“The system did an outstanding job of keeping up with our demands and being part of our workflow from conceptualisation to show.”
Luke explained the benefits of the system in further detail:
“The system did an outstanding job of keeping up with
“Once we loaded the Moda Center in as a venue, we were able to host flyovers and offer proof of concept for the jobThis allowed us to look at sight lines and consider where on the canvas content should be rendered and get all of the snapshots, video, flyovers and even VR walkthroughs needed to make sure this concept would deliver.” The Designer license enabled Luke to “previs without servers”, while the Advanced Projector Toolkit “helped us survey our projector locations, verify lensing and handle our overlaps, blending and warping with ease.” There was plenty of praise for disguise’s HAP playback and streamlined UV mapping, too. our demands and being part of our workflow from conceptualisation to show,” said Luke. Alongside Luke, the team included MeyerPro, which was
“The projector position and blend projection features on
the Trail Blazers’ production partner for the pre-game
the cylinder meant that our warping and blending was
show with Production Manager, Stephen Vandervort,
90% there before the projectors were even hung. This was
and Projectionist Bill Bassett. The Trail Blazers’ Koji
important because of the extremely narrow window we
Matsumoto did the motion design with Dane Sayer
had to execute this job,” added Luke.
handling the video edit and Todd Bosma acting as Game
The design for the pre-game show had to take the quick
Operations Director. ACMEPDX did the fabrication.
turnaround from show to tip-off into consideration. The NBA requires any design used to be fully mobile and clear of the court so the game can be started instantly. “With this narrow window to accomplish a look and tell a story, we had to use a material that could appear from nowhere, and get out of the way just as fast with the help
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SANFORD STADIUM Georgia, USA
anford Stadium, with it’s huge capacity of 92,746, is the 11th largest stadium in the US and the 18th largest in the world. However, first and foremost, it’s home to the Georgia
Bulldogs - the University of Georgia’s football team. Located in Athens, Georgia, Sanford Stadium has been the subject of numerous expansions since it first opened in 1929, though each of these were carefully planned to fit in with the stadium’s existing aesthetic. With the University of Georgia looking to enhance its game-day productions, its attentions turned to updating the LED display and control system at the stadium. Daktronics has a long-standing relationship with the university, providing products and services at its venues for basketball, baseball, gymnastics, softball, soccer, volleyball and practice facilities across the campus. From there, Daktronics designed, manufactured and installed a new LED video display and Show Control System for Sanford Stadium. “We continue to value our long-standing relationship with Daktronics for our LED technology, event production and digital content,” said Josh Brooks, Deputy Athletic Director - Operations, University of Georgia. “They have continued to provide Georgia Athletics with the highest quality of service and support, which is extremely important to us as we put on the best game-day production for our student-athletes and fans.” Daktronics installed a new end zone display, which features a 13HD pixel layout - the same technology that is used by many professional football teams. The display at the Bulldogs’ home ground is 30% larger than the previous display, measuring 52ft by 100ft, delivering a massive visual experience to fans, student-athletes and coaches alike. The Daktronics display brings crisp, clear imagery,
with wide-angle visibility to every seat in the stadium.
As well as the display, a new Daktronics Show Control
“Fans are going to get more of the content and transitions
System was installed, which features an easy-to-use
they’re used to seeing on television, but they will be in
workflow that allows the new display to be used as one
the stadium experiencing the games live in front of their
large canvas or it can be divided into multiple zones to
eyes; an experience that simply can’t be replicated. We’re
show any combination of live video, instant replay, real-
thrilled to be able to engage our fans on a deeper level with
time statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship
the new functionality.”
messages. Unlimited layering and keying enhance the
In addition, the Bulldogs are working with Daktronics
overall production, allowing the university to build layers
Professional Services team to have custom content
and key score bugs, fan prompts, and other elements
developed and integrated, and to provide game-day
over the top of video to deliver today’s modern broadcast
production services. This marks 14 years of collaboration
with the university providing live event support.
Some of the new functionality showcased during the
“The west end zone expansion project will improve the
G-Day Spring Game included key/fill, transitions between
fan experience at an already great venue at the University
the different video looks and sources, as well as creating
of Georgia,” said Kyle Adams, Daktronics, Regional Sales
transitions from full video to a live squeeze back revealing
the full canvas below. The show had more of a broadcast-
“The new display and control functionality is a game-
type feel and was received well by the university, building
changer for their game-day productions that will blow
on the excitement for what is yet to come this upcoming
their fans away at every event. We’re proud to continue
our long-time partnership on campus and look forward to
“We’re incorporating updated control features from
seeing everything in action again this fall.”
Daktronics that will launch our game-day productions to the next level,” said Mike Bilbow, Assistant Athletic Director - Digital and Production, University of Georgia
INSTALLER: Daktronics | BRANDS: Daktronics | WEBSITES: www.uga.edu, www.daktronics.com 090
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GRASSMASTER: WORLD CUP 2018 ROUND-UP Images: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaâ„˘ Local Organizing Committee
here is no greater stage in football than the World Cup and a competition of such magnitude means that only the best is required, which is exactly what was delivered when it came to the pitches in Volgograd, Kazan and Nizhny
Novgorod. GrassMaster Solutions, the hybrid grass division of Tarkett Sports - a worldwide leader of innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions - was the team behind the high-end pitches at three of the World Cup stadiums in Russia. Having successfully provided exceptional pitches at the last two World Cups - Brazil in 2014 and South Africa in 2010 - the pioneer of hybrid grass was enlisted again to ensure the standards were met in Russia. The GrassMaster pitches for the World Cup are composed of 100% natural grass reinforced with unique, synthetic fibres, which are meticulously installed on the sub-base. These fibres - high performance polypropylene monofilament fibres (HPF) - are produced in-house using a patented method. These fibres are injected 18cm deep in a grid of approximately 2cm x 2cm to provide vertical reinforcement throughout the pitch. The fibres protrude 1.5cm2cm above the root zone surface, with 20 million HPF fibres reinforcing the pitch. The GrassMaster HPF fibres perform three primary functions on the pitch; offering stability to a sand-based structure, providing an anchor which the grass roots can entwine around and, finally, maintain the stability and uniformity required, even when extensively played on. Such is the sophistication of the hybrid grass technology, GrassMaster pitches have laying characteristics of natural grass, with no divots or isolated spots allowed to occur. At the World Cup, GrassMaster technology was certainly tested to the limit, with 16 games in total played on the companyâ€™s pitches at Volgograd Arena, Kazan Arena and Nizhny Novgorod Stadium - all of
which had a new, pitch installed.
days, and six matches in two and a half weeks at Nizhny
GrassMaster’s Russian partner, InSport Pro Co, installed
Novgorod Stadium, proving that GrassMaster is ideal for
the hybrid grass pitch at the Kazan Arena and was
responsible for the maintenance, too. The venue hosted
GrassMaster’s installation partner for the Volgograd
six games at the World Cup in total, including eventual
Arena and Nizny Novgorod Stadium was Golftechnology.
winners France, which faced Australia in its first game.
Furthermore, Charles Henderson of PSD/Labosport Group
Belgium faced Brazil in a memorable quarter final on the
acted as a pitch consultant.
impressive pitch, too.
Maintenance is key for the continued quality of the pitches
Meanwhile, at Volgograd Arena, four games were played
- particularly when games are played in quick succession
on the GrassMaster pitch, including England’s opening
like the World Cup. Maintenance programmes vary
clash with Tunisia. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium hosted its
depending on the venue, such as enclosed sports stadiums
first game on the same date - Sweden v South Korea - with
and open training grounds. Many factors determine the
more group stage games, a round of 16 tie and a quarter
maintenance management programme that the grounds
final also played at the ground.
manager will follow, including natural light availability,
In total, there were six games being played in three weeks
air movement, local climatic conditions, site specific
at the Kazan Arena, four matches at Volgograd Arena in 10
microclimate, frequency and type of use.
Above: The GrassMaster team was responsible for high-end pitches at three of the World Cup stadiums.
Every GrassMaster installation includes a Pitch
Andrey Kanunnikov, Managing Director of InSport Pro
Monitoring package to make sure that the stadiums have
Co received good feedback from the teams on the pitches:
the knowledge required to get the best performance from
“Both the German and Japanese teams recently visited
the new hybrid pitch. Generally, the Pitch Monitoring
their training grounds and were satisfied with the pitches
package includes several days of on-site follow-up,
we’ve prepared for them.”
training and advice for the grounds team by a GrassMaster
GrassMaster can look back on the World Cup in Russia as
Solutions hybrid pitch consultant, from installation
a huge success - highlighting exactly what its technology
through the following 12 months.
can deliver and the hugely positive impact it has on
As well as the three official World Cup venues,
the world stage. With a lifespan of up to 15 years, the
GrassMaster provided the pitch at Arena CSKA, which
GrassMaster pitches will leave a legacy for the Russian
was used by the Germany national team for training. The
teams, communities and for the venues.
training pitch at Rubin Kazan was used throughout the tournament for training by the Japan side, too.
BRAND: GrassMaster | WEBSITE: grassmastersolutions.com 096
Above: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
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KINGSHOLM STADIUM Gloucester, England
Images: Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby, AS PR
ome of rugby union team, Gloucester Rugby,
stadiums because the connectivity and Wi-Fi are poor.
the Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester,
Landways expertise in infrastructure means the fibre
England has a capacity of almost 17,000
network allows multiple audio and video streams to be
people, with its main grandstand seating
delivered live. It can also be connected to the screens
7,500 of that capacity. Over the years, it has played host to
and access points, or connected to food, drink and
a number of international rugby union matches including
merchandise. As part of the fan experience platform,
the 1900 Home Nations Championships, the 2011 Churchill
the club will be able to offer forward thinking brands
Cup and the 2015 Rugby World Cup, to name just a few.
many more opportunities, other than just traditional
It was originally built way back in the 19th Century, but
structurally, it was most recently upgraded in 2007, which
Ben Silcox, Chief Strategy Officer of Clock, said: “The
resulted in the new main grandstand.
future is looking bright for our partnership with Landways.
Technologically, it was the digital services within the
There are too many clubs and venues not delivering
stadium that received a recent overhaul, which came about
experiences that people have come to expect in other parts
through a partnership between digital infrastructure
of their lives; the sum of the technology is not adding up
specialists Landways, digital agency Clock, and Gloucester
to something better. With our unique partnership of a
connected infrastructure and an end to end connected fan
Landways has designed, financed and built an industry-
experience, we are well positioned to help rights holders
leading high-density digital infrastructure and Wi-Fi
and venues gain commercial growth and a younger fan and
network at Kingsholm Stadium. The infrastructure is
customer base. Our rugby clients are moving first but we
completely future-proofed and will cope with several
are experiencing interest across a range of sports and live
generations of data growth, network upgrades and new
Testing of the new service has taken place over the last
This state-of-the-art capacity will underpin a new
season during home games, and now that the stadium is
generation of digital services to be provided to Gloucester
able to offer high capacity Wi-Fi capability, fast speeds and
Rugby by Clock. A new fan experience mobile app will
‘always-on’ connectivity, the new stadium-wide digital
use Clock’s Colooder platform to deliver a variety of
infrastructure will be rolled out in full for the new season,
experiences including half-time quizzes, games that allow
alongside the new mobile app.
children to interact, play and understand the game of
Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby CEO concluded: “We
rugby, a range of audio feeds to enhance what’s going on
are firmly in a digital world and part of the future-proofing
in the game, pre-ordering of food and drinks, rewards and
of the club going forward is to ensure we are at the
offers, debates and discussions, live ‘Man of the Match’
forefront of technology that allows us to give everybody
voting, a fans’ gallery of pictures and exclusive content
that visits Kingsholm stadium not only fast connectivity
around players, the game and fans.
but also gives us the ability to engage our audiences better.
Chris Smedley, Chief Executive of Landways, said: “We
The app will allow visitors to Kingsholm to access high
have deployed a record quantity of optical fibre throughout
speed Wi-Fi and a range of services designed to improve
the stadium, as well as several unique technical designs, to
the experience on a match day. We are delighted to be
manage the huge forecast growth in demand for wireless
partnering with both Landways and Clock to help provide a
data over the next few years. We will be monitoring the
more connected environment for our fans.”
network closely and, as required, working with Gloucester Rugby to install upgrades to ensure that the Wi-Fi system does not run out of capacity and that Kingsholm remains one of the UK’s best-connected sports venues.” The experiences Clock delivers are not possible in most
BRANDS: Landways, Clock | WEBSITES: www.landways.com, www.clock.co.uk 098
Right: The digital services at Kingsholm Stadium is the most recently technology upgrade.
TWIN CITIES OPTICAL STUDIO Minnesota, USA
Images: Dak Dillon
aving outgrown its training facility and
depth sit-down interviews. The third area is much more
offices where they had been located since
edgier-looking and hosts social media podcast, while the
1980, Minnesota Vikings has recently opened
fourth section serves as the space for stand-up reports.
the spectacular Twin Cities Optical (TCO)
Mike positioned 75 Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC
Performance Center. Located on the former Northwest
LED ellipsoidal fixtures with a mixture of 19°, 26°, 36°
Airlines Headquarters site, the 194-acre site includes four
and 50° lenses throughout the studio. The RGBA-Lime
outdoor practice fields, an indoor practice facility, state-
fixtures serve as key lights as well as colour washes in the
of-the-art health and fitness amenities and a 6,000-seater
four shooting areas, where they are hung from centre-set
positions. In addition to this use, the Ovation units also
However, one of the unexpected crown jewels at the
work as front stage lights when the acoustic wall opens and
incredible site is the TCO Studios - a space designed to take
the main studio is used for live broadcasts.
the team’s video content to another level entirely.
“Being able to flip the colour from the Ovations to
Featuring four distinct video-shooting areas, the studio,
anything we need is hugely helpful, especially given
designed by Peter Provost of Provost Studio, is illuminated
the emphasis on versatility at this studio,” added Mike.
by a colourful lighting system created by Mike Grabowski
“Another invaluable feature was the ability of the Ovation
of the Lighting Design Group that features close to 100
fixtures to project very crisp gobos. This is a sports studio,
CHAUVET Professional Ovation and COLORdash fixtures.
so we needed to project team logos - and, of course, they
Beyond its breathtaking appearance, the studio offers
had to be flawless.
maximum flexibility for broadcasting during the football
“Aside from delivering this level of perfection, the
season and throughout the year. An example of this can be
Ovations allow our clients to preview gobos before they
seen in its main section, which has a cutting-edge acoustic
purchase anything. On several occasions, we printed the
wall that rises to open to an impressive 170-seat theatre
gobos on acetate so we could get the sizing and art exactly
for live audience programmes.
right, and then we sent it off to be built in glass after we
The Lighting Design Group’s system, with its ability to
knew we had exactly what everyone loved. That was a real
create an array of realistic colours that can be changed
quickly, supports the TCO Studio’s combination of
Mike has positioned 20 Chauvet Professional COLORdash
beautiful aesthetics and responsive versatility.
Accent Quad fixtures throughout the four shooting areas
“This was a really neat project to be a part of, not just for
for added colour accents, too. As well as offering extra
its great looks, but also for its functionality,” said Mike.
colour, these fixtures are used as eye candy in some
“It’s the first fully fleshed-out studio that the Vikings have
backdrops - always with an emphasis on displaying
had - and one of only a handful of such facilities in the
“Along with the quality and evenness of the light, colour
“From an aesthetic standpoint, this studio is sleek, cutting
rendition is of the utmost importance here,” explained
edge and powerfully branded without being over the top.
Mike. “The Minnesota Vikings logo colours are instantly
Bryan Harper, the Viking’s Vice President of Content
identifiable, and they must be accurate. We even built two
and Production, Jordan Struck, VEN Producer, and the
versions of a lot of the colours - one for the naked eye,
Production Designer, Peter Provost, deserve a lot of credit
when tours are being given, and another for the broadcast.
for making something very special happen. I think this sets
It’s all part of the versatility that’s been designed into this
a gold standard for the league.”
Left: The TCO Studios have been kitted out with almost 100 CHAUVET Professional fixtures, thanks to a design by Mike Grabowski of the Lighting Design Group.
The primary area at the TCO Studio is devoted to the anchor desk for potential sportscasts, game-day halftime reports and post-game programming. A second area, complete with comfortable leather chairs, is used for in-
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PRODUCT FOCUS 104 Polecam 106 FaberExposize 108 Ephesus Lighting 110 BR Remote 112 Midstream
EVENT DIARY 113 Conferences & Exhibitions
FULL TIME 114 Gert Sanner, d&b audiotechnik APAC
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which give the Polecams the unique edge when used in the professional broadcast domains. These features were recognised early on and adopted by others inside the traditional broadcast industry. Many of these early adopters were indeed the sporting channels and broadcasters, seeing the benefits that the Polecam offered meant a very smooth and rapid transition and integration. Recognising the needs of these adopters, helped Polecam develop the accessories and ancillariesâ€™ needed - such as RCP/OCP control, SMPTE fibre systems and twin monitoring as well as waterproofing, hot and cold climate use and overnight storage negating the need for a de-rig each day. Polecam has recently launched the Autopod Duo - a remotely operated, low profile, powered telescopic elevation unit with programmable pre-sets. When strategically placed close to the action, Autopod gives great opportunity to locate any PTZ or similar in very close proximity without obscuring the paying crowds view, or indeed the sports person actions. In addition, the latest development is the SkyJib - an evolution from the recently launched Intellijib remote. Simplified, this is an unmanned, remotely-controlled Polecam crane system, which is suspended from a stage lighting or sound truss, giving unprecedented shots never seen before. The SkyJib has been deployed above both Boxing and MMA rings.
Polecamâ€™s versatile product range in use at various sporting events.
FaberExposize Pitch Banner aberExposize, Europe’s largest printed fabric supplier, also operating UK-based Northern Flags, printed 12,500 sq metres of fabric for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Emirates FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. Producing the largest stadium pitch banner in Europe, as well as bespoke fabric products, it helped create an entertaining start to an iconic sporting event. The English FA wanted to produce an opening ceremony that would eclipse anything that had come prior in the events 145-year history. The cornerstone of the ambitious undertaking was the development and production of one of the largest pieces of digital fabric print produced for a major sporting event and the largest fabric banner produced in Europe. FaberExposize worked with its specialist pre-match entertainment company to deliver a total of 12,500 sq metres of spectacular print. The showstopping pitch cover was designed to showcase the Emirates FA Cup branding alongside the 2016 FA Cup Finalists’ club badges. This meant a literal army of volunteers were required to haul over three tonnes of fabric over the hallowed turf of Wembley to create a full reveal. With a complex design and production, the pitch banner and opening ceremony materials were produced
with a quick turnaround time of less than two weeks. Utilising its pool of resources over their UK, Dutch and Polish factories to deliver Europe’s largest pitch banner, FaberExposize also provided over 85 flags and banners in various sizes and finishes. This included large scale bespoke fabric hand wavers, ceremonial and display flags and large kabuki team banners that were hung over the crowds. Helping deliver a spectacular feature in print production, the custom opening ceremony materials were enjoyed by 90,000 visitors at the Wembley Stadium with millions watching around the world. FaberExposize operates UK-based Northern Flags, an industry leader in fabric printing. The group has operations across Europe and Asia with nine production facilities including high capacity production hubs in Holland, Germany, Poland and Thailand. The combined group employs over 450 people specialising in ‘just in time’ production for many of the world’s largest sporting events and stadium branding. Recently relocated to larger premises investing over £1m into brand new print production, its capabilities have grown tenfold and are the preferred suppliers of some of the world’s most iconic sporting events. www.faberexposize.co.uk
A staggering 12,500 sq metres of fabric was produced for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Emirates FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.
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Ephesus Lighting | Lumadapt LED Sports Lighting System ower management company Eaton parent company of Ephesus Lighting - has announced the introduction of the Ephesus Lumadapt LED Sports Lighting System. An adaptive, fully customisable LED sports lighting and controls system allows facility operators to buy what they need and then remotely update, adapt and expand the system as their needs change and new technologies and features become available. Lumadapt’s intelligent cloud data approach connects the entire system, therefore allowing users to remotely monitor system heath and upload new features, functionality and upgrades. The fully integrated system can expand with a wide range of a-la-carte options such as RGBA colour, beam tuning, colour temperature tuning, remote health/status monitoring and a dynamic scene builder with the capability to make personalised lighting scenes. As functionality is updated or new functionality is developed, it will be available to Lumadapt customers as an upgrade or update of their system. With the capability of downloading new features and product updates, similar to a cellphone or laptop, Lumadapt affords customers an easy and efficient way to stay current with technological advances. This level of adaptability can
reduce the initial investment by allowing customers to select from a suite of features as needs change or budgets expand. “Lumadapt unlocks the full power and connectivity of solid state lighting by evolving and expanding as needs change and new functionality becomes available, freeing facility operators and owners from a one-size-fits-all approach that does not adapt to changing needs,” said Lee Davis, General Manager of Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “This is the natural evolution of the first LED sports lighting solution that we introduced in 2012. Lumadapt makes LED lighting a reality for more venues by freeing operators and owners from the concern that new technologies will make their system obsolete.” This Eaton solution continues the rapid acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues of all sizes across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to Eaton’s Ephesus LED Sports Lighting System including: University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins); PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates); the United Center (Chicago Bulls and Black Hawks): Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators); and the historic Martinsville Speedway in Virginia - the first NASCAR track with LED lighting. www.eaton.com/ephesus
Ephesus Lighting’s Lumadapt LED Sports Lighting System.
BR Remote Proteân XMi | CamBall4 R Remote, manufacturer of remote controlled professional camera equipment, is set to release the brand new Proteân XMi camera head and the latest CamBall camera - the CamBall4 - a PTZ camera enhanced for AR and VR and updated with a brand new sensor, new control options, VR and AR capabilities, and importantly - HDR.
Proteân XMi BR Remote’s latest, totally silent, remote controlled head for programmable cameras in studios, live events and sports broadcast. The key feature of the Proteân XMi is its smooth, precise, silent movement. BR Remote has taken a new design approach, using direct drive motors to achieve a silent, zero-backlash performance. BR Remote places the ‘intelligence’, which stores camera positions, moves and timings, within the camera head, which simplifies the operator’s control of the cameras. The camera head can be driven with a joystick, wheels or a pan bar system. BR Remote has used its own unique ‘predictive motion smoothing’ algorithm which makes positional control from wheels or PBS as smooth as it is with a joystick. “Our Proteân head, introduced last IBC, proved to be incredibly popular, and its orders have already amounted to over £1m. They are being installed in a group of studios across Europe,” commented BR Remote’s MD Nick Percy. “They are so quiet they can be placed by the orchestra in 110
a concert and will not be heard. The new model combines zoom and focus with the built-in motion control, which enables a simple route to studio automation, with full Free-D metadata including for the lens.” BR Remote has added a host of other features including new control protocols and built-in profile moves. The Protean XMi can be extended in both height and width to suit many lens and camera configurations and has options for IP or fibre control and fibre output. CamBall4 A PTZ camera enhanced for AR and VR and updated with a brand new sensor, new control options, VR and AR capabilities, and importantly – HDR. BR Remote has added Free-D metadata outputs to create a turnkey solution for many camera applications wanting to move towards studio automation. CamBall cameras are completely weatherproof, and are widely used in outdoor filming, studios and live events. The CamBall range has been revised to create four camera models that include many previously add-on features such as DMX control as standard, and built-in IP and fibre options are readily available for even greater flexibility. “It’s revolutionary to have HDR and Free-D metadata in a small, weatherproof camera, added Nick. “The CamBall camera range is achieving excellent sales in broadcast and the live events industry.” www.br-remote.com
BR Remote’s Proteân XMi camera head and CamBall4 camera enhanced with HDR, VR and AR.
Midstream | Modus Sport 1,240W LED Floodlight idstream is a pioneering designer, developer and manufacturer of specialist high-powerLED floodlighting systems, used across a wide spectrum of industries requiring high quality, mission-critical lighting. Based across two offices in London, UK and Milan, Italy, all aspects of technical R&D are managed in-house and the products are manufactured to exacting standards across two facilities in Europe. The companyâ€™s proprietary optics and heat dissipation design, as well as the use of aerospace grade materials, has led to the prestigious 2018 Queenâ€™s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. Having become a market leader globally in specialist high-power lighting, Midstream is now extending its innovative and award winning technology offering to the sports and stadia market. Midstream is working with a large network of M&E design consultants, architects, sport agencies and end-users to provide optimal layout configuration and lighting design which meets with the requirements of the national sporting bodies or international standards. With a wide choice of optics, power-ranges, remote or integrated drivers, the luminaires are highly compact and low weight, meaning they are a perfect fit for both new installations and retrofit projects. In addition, Midstream works with multiple contractors who are able to carry out the installation works, meaning full turn-key projects are possible on a global level. One of the main challenges in the sport market for LED manufacturers is delivering a true replacement for the 2,000W Metal Halide projector at a comparable size and weight, and economically viable, taking into account energy savings and performance and feature improvements.
After a year of development, Midstream has launched the Modus Sport, a broadcast-spec lightweight, high-power 1,240W LED delivering a lumen package of 150,000 lumens. This modular floodlight is powered by a single remote IP67 rated driver, using just once cable for quick and tool-less connection to the luminaire. Powered by the latest top binning CREE chips located on a ceramic-plated copper core PCB, the product delivers high quality light without lumen depreciation and colour shift throughout its useful life of 15 years (based on daily use of six hours a day). The fully scalable lighting solution, available with a feature rich dynamic control system, allowing for remote monitoring, dimming and scene switching, is the perfect match for the technically challenging requirements of professional pitch and track lighting. Built to operate in harsh environmental conditions, the product range is optimised to deliver low glare, broadcast level flicker-free lighting with ultimate light control for zero spillage. As a true one-for-one replacement for the conventional HID Metal Halide projector, the end-user is finally able to deliver a new level of spectator and athlete experience in a cost efficient manner. The Modus Sport range is the right choice for those that must be ready for the cutting-edge ultra HD and super Slow Motion broadcast requirements. The dedicated team of engineers and consultants are passionate about delivering reliable and efficient lighting design solutions tailored to any sport or leisure application.
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Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 30th - 31st August, Osaka, Japan
Coliseum Summit ASIA-PACIFIC 24th – 25th October, Beijing, Chine www.coliseum-online.com
ISE 6th – 8th February 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands www.iseurope.org
The Stadium Business Design & Development Summit 13th – 14th November, London, UK www.stadiumdesignsummit.com
Coliseum Summit EUROPE 20th - 21st March 2019, London, UK www.coliseum-online.com
LuxLive 2018 14th - 15th November, London, UK www.luxlive.co.uk
Prolight+Sound 2nd - 5th April 2019, Frankfurt, Germany www.pls.messefrankfurt.com
PLASA 16th – 18th September, London, UK www.plasashow.com
UK Sports & Venues Summit 15th November, London, UK www.majoreventsinternational.com
Soccerex China 17th - 18th April 2019, Zhuhai, China www.soccerex.com
Coliseum Summit MENA 19th - 20th September,Abu Dhabi, UAE www.coliseum-online.com
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Coliseum Summit US 9th - 10th May 2019, Detroit, USA www.coliseum-online.com
WFS 24th – 25th September, Madrid, Spain www.worldfootballsummit.com/en
International Sports Convention 5th – 6th December, Geneva, Switzerland www.iscgeneva.com
The Stadium Business Summit 4th - 5th June 2019, Manchester, UK www.stadiumbusinesssummit.com
ALSD International 11th – 12th October, London, UK www.ALSDInternational.com
ESSMA Summit 22nd –23rd January 2019, Porto, Portugal www.essmasummit.eu
IBC 13th - 18th September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Who? Gert Sanner. Job title? Regional Application & Education Manager APAC, d&b audiotechnik. Favourite stadium or sporting venue? Sydney Cricket Ground. Why? My last project. It went very quick and turned out good. The stands are all different ages, dating back from around a century – it’s good to walk through history. Life motto? You only need back-up if you aren’t fully prepared.