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EAW: record number of loudspeakers for NFL stadium

LP Field in Tennessee has upgraded with a new sound system comprised of over 600 EAW components; the most waterproofed enclosures the company has ever manufactured in a single calendar month.

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans have completely renovated their stadium, which features a brand new distributed sound system using all EAW components. The entire system was specified, manufactured and delivered only months before scheduled completion of the renovation in mid-July, just in time for pre-season games. The system was designed by Dallas consulting firm Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW), working closely with a EAW to provide the customized system for LP Field, meeting an extremely tight deadline. The WJHW-designed distributed system replaces the stadium’s former point-source PA. Over the course of the project, EAW was able to schedule manufacturing and delivery of over 600 components, including 96 TT12Si-T64-PL-WP custom-engineered enclosures; over 360 pieces from the MK Series, including the MK2399-WP, MK8196iPL-WP, MK2366-WP and MK2364-WP; and 84 units from the QX Series, including the QX564-WP and QX544-WP. In addition to manufacturing a record number of WP weatherproof systems in a single month, EAW engineers also developed two new custom-engineered systems. The TT12Si-T64-PL-WP systems were custom engineered to fit beneath a shallow overhang along the back few rows of the lower deck and rear handicap platforms. Similarly, custom-engineered TT212 Steering Woofer systems were designed to work with QX Series modules along the upper-deck fascia to create end-fired arrays that direct more of the TT212’s low-frequency energy down towards the seats in front of them and away from the hard-surface walls they are mounted near, eliminating reflections. “When we say EAW delivered, we mean that literally,” said Mark Graham, associate at WJHW and in charge of the audio systems aspect of the project. The upgrades will be completed in time for the start of the 2012 season at an estimated cost of $26.8 million. “We didn’t even come on board until last October, when the design process began, so the window for manufacturing, customization and delivery was even tighter. After careful evaluation and our experience of working with EAW in the past, we realized that they would be our choice to provide us with exactly what we needed.”