The new Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL, spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, is outfitted with a sound reinforcement system headed by a selection of Community Professional WET and R-Series weather-resistant loudspeakers.
The audio system for the 11,000-capacity venue was designed by Gary White of WJHW, based in Dallas, and installed by Jupiter, FL-based Peerson Audio. The new venue’s architecture presented a few minor challenges to the project, according to Peerson Audio president Don Peerson.
“The asymmetrical roof covering the seating areas is ornamental, rather than structural,” he explains. “It’s designed to be a sun shade. So we had to go above the roof and rig the loudspeakers to the structural steel instead. That meant working off the warning track with a lift to install them 80 to 85 feet high.”
That height also affects coverage patterns, all the more critical in spring training venues. “Unlike modern major league stadiums, spring training parks are typically located fairly close to residential areas,” says Peerson. “Achieving a tight coverage pattern is important in keeping the sound away from neighboring homes, and the Community WET Series offers an excellent coverage pattern. We did a pretty good job of it - even out in the parking lot, it’s pretty quiet.”
Sound reinforcement for the main covered seating area is provided by a selection of 39 WET W2-228T loudspeakers, with a single R1-66Z and R2-52Z loudspeaker firing out into the bleachers and berm areas. Crown CTs-series amplifiers power the system, with Biamp Audia for system drive and processing.
“South Florida gets quite a bit of extreme weather, including wind, rain and monsoons,” says Peerson. “The WET and R-Series loudspeakers also offer excellent weather resistance, making them an excellent choice for this project.”