Lions Stadium at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA, has been upgraded with a new sound system headed by Community Professional R-Series loudspeakers.
As the only Philadelphia Catholic League school with a home football stadium on school premises, Cardinal O’Hara’s stadium offers large home and visitors bleachers, an enclosed press box, an artificial turf field and a modern track.
Designed and installed by Tony Albano of Naamans Creek AV in Avondale, PA, the new system uses three Community R.5 loudspeakers and one R.25 loudspeaker.
Two of the R.5s are installed at the outside corners of the press box to cover the left and right sections of the home bleachers, and a third is installed on a lighting pole behind the press box to cover the visitors’ bleachers. The single R.25 covers the center section of the home bleachers from the front of the press box.
Albano says he could have installed all three of the R.5s on the lighting pole but he wanted to avoid high SPL levels on top of the press box where the videographers stand. His design covers all of the audience areas well, including a standing area in front of the home bleachers.
For electronics, Albano chose a Rolls mixer and a CTS 4-channel amplifier, installed a push-to-talk mic in the press box, provided a wireless mic for field announcements, and added a 3.5 mm input for portable music players.
A Community dSPEC DSP provides loudspeaker management and system equalization., and Albano added a switch that reprograms the DSP to turn off the R.5 covering the visitor’s bleachers. This minimizes feedback and delay issues during field announcing.
The entire electronics system was installed in a portable electronics rack which can be removed between events for security.
Albano says the system delivers sound levels that are very even throughout the audience areas, while announcements are clear and music sounds great.