Darwin, Australia (December 17, 2010)–TIO Stadium in Australia recently upgraded its audio system, choosing Community R and WET Series loudspeakers for the project.
Darwin, home to the Marrara Sporting Complex and TIO Stadium, is the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, colloquially known as “The Top End.” TIO Stadium is the premier outdoor stadium in the Northern Territory, and it regularly hosts such sporting events as Australian football and cricket. Every two years, it also hosts the Arafura Games, where more than 4,500 competitors from more than 40 nations compete in 19 disciplines. In addition to several of the events, the stadium is used for the opening and closing ceremonies.
In late 2009, an upgrade of the audio system was approved, and local consultants GHD were appointed to prepare the specification. With the heat, rain and humidity of Darwin’s tropical environment, careful consideration was given to the type of loudspeakers to be used in the installation, and Community R and WET Series were selected.
National contracting company Eo Design was awarded the project and went on site in early June 2010 with a completion date of end of July 2010. The project was coordinated by Eo’s André van Stom.
A total of 15 biamped Community WET Series W2-322L-64H loudspeakers were mounted on each truss on the grandstand canopy and 22 Community R-Series R.5-66TZ and five R.5HPT loudspeakers were pole-mounted around the remainder of the ground, ticketing and turnstile areas. All of the loudspeakers were driven by QSC ISA800 Series amplifiers, and system control was handled by four QSC Basis 922UZ units.
On completion of the project, Eo managing director Peter Guest said he believed it was one of the better-sounding stadium systems he had heard in a long time. He then went on to thank TAG, Community and QSC for their efforts in providing product in such a timely manner, commenting, “Without their tremendous support and great product, this project would not have become a reality.”