New York (April 18, 2006)–Gainesville, Fla.’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the home of the championship University of Florida Gators football team. A 2003 renovation increased capacity to over 88,000 seats, making it the largest stadium in the state. Griffin Stadium now boasts a new high-resolution video screen at the south end zone, which is complemented by an audio system from Meyer Sound.
Florida’s Griffin Stadium now sports a Meyer Sound MSL-6 based PA.”The most effective solution for the stadium was a single-source end zone cluster,” explained system designer Kelly Prince of Orlando-based Pro Sound, who also supplied and installed the system. Prince specified six MSL-6 horn-loaded high-Q main loudspeakers in a split configuration for the main system, with three cabinets covering the east seating section and the other three covering the west section. A pair of CQ-1 wide coverage main loudspeakers and two CQ-2 narrow coverage main loudspeakers handle the areas under the scoreboard.
A key challenge for single-source systems is attaining intelligibility at the far end of the venue, which, in the case of Griffin Stadium, is the south end of the stadium, some 500 feet from the sound system. Prince therefore applied a device designed expressly for this purpose: the SB-1 parabolic long-throw sound beam; a half-dozen SB-1 cabinets are used to make sure every game call and announcement is heard in the south seating area.
“The sound beams are really remarkable,” Prince said. “If you’re sitting out there at the far end with the SB-1’s turned off and then we turn them on, it’s like night and day. The sound is right there in your face, and the clarity is amazing.” Six 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers provide ample low-frequency reproduction.