Sydney, Australia (October 15, 2008)–Toyota Stadium, in the southern beachside suburbs of Sydney, is the home of the Cronulla Sharks rugby team. A popular facility, the venue needed an upgrade, and recently got it with the addition of a southern stand and renovations to the existing east and west stands. The ground has the capacity for over 22,000 fans. All those spectators need to hear the play-by-play, and that’s when Sydney-based installer Saltec decided to spec Community Loudspeakers for the venue.
Situated on the southern shores of Port Hacking, the facility is exposed to northeasterly winds off the Pacific Ocean and, according to Greg de Vries, managing director of Saltec, “The choice of Community R and WET Series loudspeakers was automatic. Because of the location, we needed a loudspeaker that could withstand the rigors of salt air and the elements, and give good balanced audio throughout the facility. For several reasons, we were unable to fully utilize the stands for loudspeaker mounting, so pole mounted speakers were selected in several areas.” Saltec worked with Tony Russo, a director of the Technical Audio Group (Australia and New Zealand distributors of Community) on the design of the system.
The 31 Community R.5-99TZ, 18 R.5-94TZ and 10 W2-218T loudspeakers are powered by 10 QSC CX1202V amplifiers, and a QSC Basis 914lz was used for system control. Audio-Technica ATW3000 wireless systems are used for ground announcements.
Saltec works extensively in the design and supply of audio and video systems into clubs and hotels. Greg de Vries commented that he was extremely happy with his move into sporting facility installations and his client, the Cronulla Rugby League Club, was delighted with the completed project.
Technical Audio Group