The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Fan Fest was held recently with thousands of fans mingling with a star-studded lineup of 100 Hall of Famers.
This event marked the most Hall of Famers gathered in one place outside of Canton, Ohio, the home of the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame. Held in Cleveland’s International Exposition (I-X) Center, a sizeable D.A.S. Audio sound reinforcement system was deployed to ensure the capacity crowd could hear everything.
Cleveland-based Hughie’s Event Production Services was contracted to provide sound for Fan Fest. Rick Kish, the company’s production consultant, along with audio engineer Dave Taybi, were charged with delivering a sound reinforcement setup capable of handling the crowd.
“The I-X Center is a very large facility,” explains Kish. “The Fan Fest took place throughout the facility’s Main Entrance and Walk Through Experience areas. Audience members could walk through this area while videos of previously recorded Hall of Fame Induction Speeches took place.
“The goal was to evenly cover the area with museum level speech intelligibility and then add in crowd noise—simulating the experience of entering a stadium football field as they passed through.”
In order to provide even coverage throughout, Kish, Taybi, and the Hughie’s Event Production Services crew elected to fly forty D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A powered two-way, mid-high line array modules. These were arranged in eight loudspeaker clusters evenly dispersed throughout the area, with five elements to each hang.
This setup was augmented by a single cluster of D.A.S. Aero 40A powered, three-way line array elements—with five enclosures in this group.
“This job requires a high level of speech intelligibility,” Kish reports. “It was absolutely critical that the audience be able to clearly hear what the various football Hall of Famers were discussing.
“Equally important, the sound coverage had to be consistent throughout the entire area. Without this, dead zones would interfere with the fans’ ability to hear clearly. These two qualities are what sets D.A.S. Audio apart from many competing loudspeaker systems.”
Kish also notes the captive hardware found on D.A.S. Audio’s Aero Series 2 loudspeakers and the fact that their self-powered design helps streamline the setup process.
“It helps that these loudspeakers are powered which ensures that the power amplification is properly matched to the transducer complement,” he adds. “Not only does this simplify system cabling, it also helps with transportation since there’s no need to carry multiple racks of heavy power amplifiers.”
At the end of the weekend, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Fan Fest proved to be a resounding success. “It really couldn’t have gone much better,” states Kish. “We were extremely pleased with the system and how well it performed. Speech intelligibility was excellent and the quality of ‘Arena Anthem’ music also sounded great as it played between the various speeches.
“Members of the I-X Center and the Pro Football Hall of Fame commented on how pleasing the area was—both aesthetically and in terms of audio coverage. The D.A.S. Aero 12s were the perfect complement to the area both visually and audibly.
“There were many ways we could have gone in terms of the audio design for this event, but the D.A.S. Aero cabinets gave us all the quality we could have possibly hoped for and they exceeded the expectations of our customer. That’s how I define success.”