Phoenix, AZ (January 6, 2017)—Most sports venues take months if not years to build, but Grand Canyon University in Phoenix is in the middle of building 10 in two years—that a new sports facility every 10 weeks. Keeping up with that hectic pace meant that when the Tempe, AZ office of Sound Image (Escondido, CA) came in recently to install a sizable EAW QX system for GCU Stadium, the company did it in one day.
After reviewing the University’s public bid, Ben Davis, project manager, Sound Image, put together a design based on EAW QX loudspeakers that fit the criteria. He also included an EAW SB2001 subwoofer option that the school agreed to add in. “They wanted loudspeakers that would create a chest thumping experience, had exceptional audio quality, and could be weather-proofed to withstand the rigors of an outdoor installation while adding to the longevity of their investment,” Davis said. “QX has enough paper to create the punch, the SB2001 subs provide tremendous low end and EAW does a great job with weather-protecting their products. It was perfect – it hit all of their check marks.”
The new stadium features seating capacity for more than 6,000 spectators, including 3,000 shaded chairback seats. The QX system consists of six clusters mounted along the roof structure above the seating section. Each cluster is made up of two QX loudspeakers—one QX594 firing straight down and a QX564 for long throw—with two SB2001 subwoofers located directly behind the QX boxes.
Davis noted, “We were required to hang the loudspeaker clusters from a small I-beam while maintaining shear and our 10:1 load rating – which we accomplished with rigging systems designed and manufactured by Sound Image.” It all turned out to be rock-solid, as Davis recalled: “A huge storm came through a while back and destroyed part of the building’s roof. Fortunately, EAW loudspeakers are built to withstand just about anything—when the dust settled they were still hanging and worked just fine.”