Lancaster, PA (October 21, 2005)–Minor League baseball recently got a new stadium with the debut of the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, the Barnstormers’ new home. Sporting a fan-friendly design, the venue features a Clair Brothers-designed system utilizing Community loudspeakers and QSC amplification.
“In Minor League baseball, the sound is a very important part of the whole experience,” said Jon Danos, president of the Lancaster Barnstormers. “A minor league game is made up of so many other activities than just the game itself; there are typically pre- and post-game promotions, field hosts who entertain the crowds, music and more. We make full use of the sound system, arguably to an even greater extent than in a major league game.”
The stadium is located in an area with a mix of commercial and residential development, so designers had to be conscientious of the sound and its compatibility with the rest of the neighborhood. “We wanted to design a sound system that would cover the venue fully, but with minimal spillage of sound outside of it,” noted Danos.
After considering a number of proposals, Danos and company opted to go with Clair Brothers Systems in nearby Lititz, PA. The company is a division of the touring company, Clair Brothers Audio.
The park’s main seating area holds 6,200 ticketed seats, in typical amphitheater-style configuration surrounding the infield. The stadium grounds also include a greenbelt area, including a picnic section behind the first base side and play areas behind third base. The greenbelt actually covers the field a full 360-degrees, making it possible for fans to walk around the entire park and still be “in the game.”
The main seating area is covered by a system of Community WET series speakers, an all-weather design with fiberglass composite enclosures and weather-inert driver diaphragms. A total of 11 full-range two-way WET2W8 boxes are augmented with six WET112 subwoofers. “We used the Wet series full range cabinets and subs to cover most of the seats,” detailed Gene Pelland, vice president of Clair Brothers Systems. “It’s the right combination to deliver a good, satisfying full-frequency response with a high intelligibility level, which is exactly what’s needed for the mixed program material these games create,” A pair of Community’s R2-694X defined coverage three-way systems completes the main system, which is powered by four QSC CBX-Series amplifiers.
“The sound in the stadium is quite natural. The announcements and the music are clear but not overbearing,” remarked Clair Brothers president and founder Roy Clair. “It sounded very polite as I walked around during a game, even left to right and front to back. After all, baseball fans are there for the game, and the sound should never make a fan uncomfortable. The design team and the manufacturers came up with a nice audio solution for our community’s new stadium.”
Additional areas getting attention included the upper level skyboxes and party/VIP suites, front offices, novelty shop, restrooms and other peripheral areas. The private skyboxes are served by a separate audio system comprising twenty of Community’s I/O8T compact indoor/outdoor speakers. Over forty more I/O8T cabinets are installed inside the individual sky boxes, which are set up to receive multiple program sources including the park PA and local broadcasts, and a number of multi-function conference/party rooms are also allocated their own I/O8T-based systems. QSC CBX-series amps drive these individual systems as well.
Inside the broadcast booth, Shure PG58 tabletop mics and SLX24 wireless systems feed a Mackie 1402VLZ Pro mixer. Speaker processing for the stadium is handled by a Symetrix SymNet Express system.