New York (October 23, 2008)–Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, home of the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks football team was outfitted with a completely new stadium sound system based on the EAW KF900 Series just before the start of the season. The 85,000-seat stadium’s system was designed and installed by ACS Sound & Lighting, in Columbia, SC.
The new KF900 Series system at Williams Brice Stadium consists of ten KF920Ps, four KF910P long-throws, four custom KF914P upfills and two KF913 downfills, as well as a dozen EAW BH622 2×12 Bent Horn subs and eight BH2312 3×12 low-frequency loudspeaker enclosures. A total of seven EAW UX8800 digital signal processors manage the main PA system. In addition, four KF755P downfills are used to fill in under the scoreboard, and a pair of KF750Ps are attached to the rear of the scoreboard and facing onto the stadium’s parking lot for general announcement applications. All of the EAW KF900 Series speakers are fully weatherproofed.
“The KF900 Series is an amazing system design,” says Troy Gwin, General manager of ACS Sound & Lighting. “Additionally, the EAW line is incredibly comprehensive, and we were able to pull from the BH series components to add additional low-end power in a very cost-effective manner for the school.”
EAW manufactured the system on a just-in-time basis, at its Whitinsville, MA woodworking facility, assuring that the team would have its new sound system in time for the new season. This new KF900 Series system is the successor to an EAW KF760 system that the school had rented from ACS for the last two seasons. “After we brought in that system in 2006 for a big SEC game, the school said they would never use their old existing sound system again,” Gwin recalls. A year later, the BH Series subs were added, making Williams Brice Stadium the only collegiate arena to utilize subwoofers as part of its main sound system. “The intro music for the team is the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and they really wanted the sound to rumble,” says Gwin. “And it did.”