MADISON, Wisconsin – In time for
the football season, Daktronics recently redesigned the video board and audio
system at the University of Wisconsin’s famed Camp Randall Stadium. Home to the
Wisconsin Badgers football team, the stadium seats 80,321 people and is the 41st
largest stadium in the world. To match the intensity of some of college
football’s most dedicated fans, Daktronics selected HARMAN’s JBL VLA Series
line array loudspeakers for the new audio system.
“We modeled different designs from many
different manufacturers before deciding to use the VLA loudspeakers. No other
system could deliver a confident outcome besides the VLA design,” according to
David Sturzenbecher of Daktronics.
The new system consists of 18 JBL
VLA301H loudspeakers, 14 JBL VLA 601H loudspeakers, three JBL PD743
loudspeakers, two JBL PD5212 loudspeakers, 12 AWC82 loudspeakers and 21 AW295
loudspeakers. Four line arrays cover west, south and east seating areas, with
many fill speakers covering the north seats and upper seat fills.
“The design of the stadium
presented many challenges including a very deep under-balcony area that was
shadowed from the main display. This area required a completely separate submix
in order to blend properly with the main system,” Sturzenbecher added.
With system design/commissioning
assistance from Shay McElwain of the University of Wisconsin Athletics
department, Draktonics successfully completed this massive overhaul of the
“After some system optimization
over the first two events, the system is currently operating extremely well and
has received many positive reviews,” Sturzenbecher concluded.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs,
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and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they
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HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people
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the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.