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Gangneung Ice Arena Equipped With K-array For 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Purpose-built 12,000-seat venue for figure skating and short track speed skating competitions outfitted with Python-KP52 line arrays.

By PSW Staff February 14, 2018

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena

Gangneung Ice Arena was built for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics as the venue for the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions. With a seating capacity is 12,000, the Gangneung Ice Arena houses two 60m x 30m ice rinks for competition and training respectively.

Reaching four floors above ground in height, Olympic organizers were in need of audio system for both the audience and athletes. South Korean distributors, Soundus provided audio coverage with K-array Python-KP52 line arrays, chosen for its ability to provide continuous, even coverage that reaches the last bleacher in the stands.

KEquipped with Pure Array Technology (PAT), the Python has no crossover points in the voice range and no reflex ports. Only the closely-spaced, full-range 3-inch identical sound sources are responsible for the Python’s true line array characteristics.

It shows a perfect phase response both in the near and in the far fields making this compact column loudspeaker the perfect solution to uniformly cover the stadium seating in the arena.

56 Python line arrays were installed horizontally throughout the bleachers to satisfying spectators with accurate audio without obstructing the view of the competitions. Olympic organizers were equally pleased with the installation: “The sound is better than ever and we are really pleased with the result.”



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