Italian soccer team gives stadium audio overhaul


Italian soccer side Foggia Calcio, who play in Serie B, have made a new addition to their ranks by upgrading the audio system at its Stadio Pino Zaccheria.

Located in Italy’s southeastern Apulia region, the team’s home stadium recently underwent a number of upgrades to its PA system, lighting and seating, as well as a total audio overhaul in order to meet the latest league specifications.

Used to play music before matches, as well as announcements of team line-ups, substitutions and general safety and fan information, the new audio system aims to enhance the clarity over the previous set-up at the 25,000 capacity stadium.

The system was designed using Italian audio specialists Outline’s OpenArray 3D software, which helped model the best combination of speakers and positioning around the ground.

The upper tier of the west stand was covered by six Outline Vegas 12 CX two-way, full-range coax speaker enclosures installed under the roof. The same format is used with four more Vegas 12 CX for the lower tier, installed under the upper tier of the stand.

The lower tier of each of the north and south curves is covered by four Vegas 12 CX installed under the upper tier, and the lower tier of the open air east stand seating features six Vegas 12 CX mounted below the upper tier.

Vegas 12 CX

The upper tier of the seating on the each of the curves’ and the open air stand are covered by four Stadia 100-30 long-throw DPRWG loudspeaker systems. Each curve has a Stadia mounted on one of the ground’s lighting pylons and the stand has two mounted over the centre of the main stand’s roof.

The Outline powerhouse for the entire set-up comprises four T Five-DSP 2-channel PWM power amplifiers and four M5000-4 4-channel PWM amps and the complete system is controlled by four of Outline’s iP24 multi-function DSP processors.

Outline loudspeakers were also installed outside the pitch, in the turnstile zone, in the form of six Eidos 15 two-way full-range enclosures, powered by an Outline M5000-4 four-channel PWM power amplifier.

“The sound reinforcement system is particularly effective thanks to its clear sound as well as ensuring that there is no sound spill into the surrounding zones. The set-up’s user-friendliness is definitely the icing on the cake and the public has appreciated and acknowledged the results, which exceeded all of our expectations,” said Augusto Rinaldi of Centro Cultura Musicale, which installed the system.

July 11, 2018

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