An audio overhaul replacing the two-decades-old PA at the Rogers Centre, the 53,000-plus-capacity home of the Toronto Blue Jays MLB team, saw AV and design consultant Anthony James Partners (AJP), working with venue staff, implement a new system headed by QX series loudspeakers from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
With the building shut down in 2020, the Blue Jays were forced to play the season in the United States. The stadium was unable to reopen its doors due to the lockdown and didn’t have the opportunity to show off its new PA system until the team returned to Toronto for the following season.
SF Marketing (SFM), a Canadian-based provider of audiovisual, live entertainment and media production technologies/products, managed the procurement, delivery and testing of the equipment. AJP and a representative from the Toronto Blue Jays designed the system, while All Pro supplied the gear and managed the deployment and tuning. Spark Power handled the integration.
“In addition to being the local EAW representative in Toronto for the last 24 years, I am also a fan of the Jays and the facility,” says Rob Deslauriers of SFM. “It was exciting to see the prior EAW audio system upgraded to the EAW QX series to achieve an even better fan experience. Current Major League sports require a more immersive experience for fans and the new system does not disappoint.”
A total of 125 EAW QX500 and QX300 Series loudspeakers were installed as part of the main PA on the 500 seating level. The 100 level has three-way QX500 Series boxes and the 200 level features two-way QX300 Series speakers. More than 250 additional EAW products were installed throughout the venue, mainly MK8126i two-way passive loudspeakers along with JF80Z and JF60Z two-way trapezoidal enclosures.
In addition to the audio upgrade, the stadium also added several new visual elements, including a new video board and several pole displays as well as a renovated control room for the following season.