Phoenix, AZ (August 26, 2013)—To accommodate the upgrade of Grand Canyon University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to Division 1, the university hire Clearwing Productions to install a L-Acoustics ARCS WIDE and KARA loudspeaker system to the stadium.
The 5,000-seat arena hosts all types of events for the university, from commencement ceremonies, to athletic events, to general assemblies, and was in need of a new sound system to accommodate this.
Thirty-two ARCS WIDE were divided into four clusters of three cabinets and spread across each of the long sides of the arena, with a single cluster of four at each of the far ends. Two arrays of four SB28 subs are centrally hung back-to-back for LF reinforcement, while two six-enclosure KIVA arrays horizontally down-fire onto the court for floor coverage. Seven LA8 amplified controllers positioned up in the catwalk area power and process the system.
“The university was ideally looking for something that performed more like a concert sound rig, and the ARCS WIDE platform provided that at a price that fit their budget,” said Clearwing Productions Project Manager Andre St. Pierre.
GCU Arena’s other new system is a portable touring rig featuring left and right arrays of four SB18 subs flown above 12 KARA enclosures per side that can be quickly installed and removed as needed. Eight SB28 subs for ground-stacked LF, six ARCS II for out-fill, five 8XT for front-fill and four LA-RAK for power round out this setup, which can be configured as either a full-house or half-house system for high-profile contemporary Christian and secular touring artists, worship services and other events.
“Clearwing has been providing concert sound for most of our touring events and larger productions over the past two years, and they’ve frequently brought in KARA,” said GCU Arena Audio Engineer Ian Schell. “So when the time came to upgrade our basketball audio system, it made good financial sense to simultaneously invest in our own in-house KARA system seeing that it’s already proven itself here in the arena many times over.”