An upgrade of the 8,000-capacity football stadium at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, VA, just outside of Richmond, includes a new sound reinforcement system headed by Danley Sound Labs OS80 weatherized loudspeakers and TH118XL subwoofers, installed by local AV integration firm RTW Media.
“High school football is a huge part of life in southern Virginia,” says Zack Guida, logistics manager at RTW Media. “Everyone pours tons of time, energy, and resources into football: students, parents, coaches – even the administration! Deep Run’s existing system was in the neighborhood of twenty years old and was barely able to effectively deliver announcements, let alone play music that anyone would call inspiring. It was a pair of tired speakers mounted to a pole far away – beyond the end zone. It had terrible coverage and zero horsepower.”
He continues, “We’ve used Danley’s ‘standard’ press box-mounted high school football design in the past, and we knew it would be a great solution for Deep Run. We could mount Danley’s fully-weatherized OS80s on the press box and get even coverage across the stands. We don’t end up overpowering the folks who are close to the press box, and the Danley point-source technology cuts the air, travels far, and remains articulate.”
Guida and his team installed three OS80s on top of the stadium’s press box. One fires across the field, and the other two cover the left and right portion of the home-side stands. In addition, a pair of Danley Go2 8CX loudspeakers provide front fill for spectators near the press box. A pair of TH118XL subwoofers gives the system concert-level low-end performance.
“Sometimes it’s hard to explain to somebody why they shouldn’t just go with the same lackluster system the county has been using for the past decade,” he concludes. “The easiest way to convince them is with a demo. RTW Media partnered with the regional Danley rep to show them the Danley difference. It was just a single Danley OS80 and a Danley TH118XL subwoofer. We were less than a minute into the demo and everyone was nodding their heads, convinced.”