Santa Clara, CA (February 12, 2016)—Every team has players it counts on in the clutch, and the audio team at ATK Audiotek is no different. The company once again provided sound reinforcement for the Super Bowl earlier this week, filling Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA with audio at Super Bowl 50, and once again, the SR provider fielded its custom-designed, cart-based audio system, equipped with JBL VerTec line array loudspeakers for pregame and halftime performances.
Performances included “America The Beautiful” by the Armed Forces Chorus and “Star Spangled Banner” by Lady Gaga, and the halftime show by Coldplay with guest performances by Beyoncé, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. To facilitate the shows, ATK provided 18 carts, each loaded with four to five VerTec 4889 large-format line array loudspeakers, 84 in total, and two VerTec 4880A dual 18-inch subwoofers, totaling 36.
“The design of the systems was finalized months ago,” said Mikael Stewart, VP of Special Events, ATK Audiotek. “We only have a very short window when we can actually get inside the stadium and have the audio systems set up and tuned and ready for sound check. Patrick Baltzell, who is the Front of House Engineer for the Halftime Show, is very experienced with these systems, having mixed 18 of the last 19 Super Bowls, which helps ensure we can accomplish all that we need to in the given time.”
The audience for Super Bowl 50 consisted of a live stadium audience of approximately 68,500 plus 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. The event was telecast on CBS and also streamed live on CBSSports.com, as well as a variety of other mobile applications, with an average of 111.9 million viewers, making this year’s edition the third-most-watched program in American television history.