Offenbach, Germany (October 8, 2012)—The Offenbach Kickers, based in western Germany near Frankfurt, have a new home—a 25-million Euro stadium that includes a QSC Q-Sys integrated system to control, route and process all of the audio feeds and systems in the new venue.
The 20,000-seat Sparda Bank Stadium has a main operations center, where the Q-Sys platform controls all the audio, including the associated PA/VA system. QSC equipment is also used to power the loudspeakers hanging in the stadium eaves. QSC PowerLight amps, in service for many years at the Kickers' old stadium, have been re-commissioned for use in the new facility, following testing at the QSC distributor in Germany, Shure Distribution. A QSC CX302 power amp was additionally purchased to power new fill-in loudspeakers at the outlying reaches of the stadium.
The center in the main stand also acts as the audio control center for the whole ground, and houses the Q-Sys Core 1000 processor. This is linked to the other control rooms via a fibre-optic cable network which allows full integration with the Q-Sys I/O Frames in the individual stand control centers. These in turn act as the audio I/O boxes for the inputs and outputs in each stand, converting the analogue signals to digital and back as required.
Most of the design work on the Q-Sys platform at the Sparda Bank stadium was carried out according to the club's requirements using the Q-Sys Designer software before installation took place on site. The completed design was loaded into the Core 1000 unit when the units were installed at the stadium, and final adjustments were then made to accommodate the practical realities of the installation.