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ProSound.com, September 26, 2016
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY ADDS L-ACOUSTICS
Anthony James Partners and Poll Sound outfit Logan, Utah’s Maverik Stadium with K2 line arrays.
Utah State University football fans will get both an eyeful and an earful this season. In addition to a new 67-foot-by-38-foot video scoreboard at the north end of Merlin Olsen Field, USU’s Maverik Stadium now also has a new sound system built around LAcoustics-’ K2 enclosures.
The system was officially commissioned just ahead of the Aggies’ fall season, specified and designed by Richmond, Virginia’s Anthony James Partners and installed and integrated by Salt Lake City-based Poll Sound, an L-Acoustics Certified Provider, Systems Integration.
A total of 24 K2 modules are split between a left and a right line-array hang. In addition, seven L-Acoustics X12 coaxial speakers are installed underneath the new scoreboard, which is atop a five-story end-zone building, filling the acoustical “shadow” area directly in front of it, while an eighth X12 enclosure performs a similar function underneath the press box. Nine L-Acoustics LA8 amplified controllers, along with one LA4X, power and process the entire system.
“The university was adamant about the sound being highly intelligible,” says Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering at Anthony James Partners Consulting, which surveyed the Aggie’s home field using L-Acoustics’ Soundvision 3.0 software and then specified the K2 system components based on its predictions. “They were looking for high-fidelity sound from a line array system loud enough to fill the stadium. The K2 was the perfect solution to deliver that.”
Lucas guided the project through its bid stage, an environment in which performance is often pitted against cost on an uneven playing field. However, Lucas felt completely confident in recommending the K2 system. “L-Acoustics isn’t the least-expensive option on the market, but I truly believe that if the client listens to the system, they’ll hear that they’re getting their money’s worth. It stands on its own.”
Underscoring that is the fact that not only did the K2 deliver the speech intelligibility demanded of it, but it also projected so well that it was able to cover the south end of the stadium, where the concessions are located, without the need for delay reinforcement. That alone represented a substantial savings, Lucas notes.
Deward Timothy, owner and president of Poll Sound, the AV systems integrator charged with installing the K2 system, points out another way that it saved Utah State money. “The K2 system goes down to 35Hz on its own and does not need subwoofers,” he says, noting how well the K2 enclosures handle the low frequencies that music at contemporary sports venues requires. “The system has the capacity to handle a lot of low frequency—to the point that it can rattle the bleachers,” he says.
But Timothy was also pleased with the ease with which the K2 arrays could be installed. “We could set the angles on the ground, based on what Soundvision predicted, and then as we pulled the boxes up, it conformed to those angles perfectly,” he says. “It’s an all-round great sound system.”
DesertNews.com, May 3, 2016
USU FOOTBALL: UPGRADED STADIUM TO INCLUDE NEW VIDEO BOARDS, SOUND SYSTEM
Utah State football fans will notice several upgraded amenities at Maverik Stadium in the fall, providing a brand new experience when watching the gridiron on Merlin Olsen Field. The experience will peak several senses, including new video boards, a new sound system, premium seating options, upgraded concession options and changes to restroom facilities.
Fans will first notice the digital video boards, particularly the board on the north side that will measure 67 feet by 38 feet, dwarfing the previous board that measured 48 feet by 14 feet. The south board will also be an upgraded video board, with both displays featuring even greater clarity and sharpness.
The visual experience may be outdone by the audio experience as the stadium will be the home to a new L-Acoustics sound system. The system will be a higher quality in equipment and sound than any other collegiate venue in the state, the school said, adding that the sound will come from a line array pattern often found in concert venues but unique to athletic venues.
The concession options on the west side of the stadium will be upgraded with a greater variety of equipment, including fryers and grills, that will open up a larger range of snacking options. In addition to the food provided by USU concessions, fans will also be able to munch on selections from the Maverik Bonfire Grill on the east side of the south grill.
Fans will find more bathrooms than before on the west side. Fans will also notice a warmer environment in the restrooms along the west side as well as each will be heated.
Fans can enjoy all the upgrades from premium seating options, including luxury suites, patio suites and champion club seats that will have access to a Champions Club buffet prior to every home game. Access to the premium seating and seating along the west side of the stadium will also include a pair of elevators from the west parking lot.
The first look at the brand new amenities, not including the premium seating options, will happen on Aug. 20, during the annual Family Fun Day, featuring the final scrimmage of the fall before the Aggies open the 2016 regular season against Weber State on Thursday, Sept. 1. Utah State will also host Arkansas State (Sept. 17), Air Force (Sept. 24), Fresno State (Oct. 22), defending Mountain West champion San Diego State (Oct. 28) and New Mexico (Nov. 12) during its home slate in 2016.