Systems integration firm Daktronics recently upgraded the audio system at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home to the Troy University Trojans football team in Troy, Alabama, incorporating Harman’s JBL Professional VLA line arrays and CBT column loudspeakers, Crown Audio I-Tech HD and DriveCore Install (DCi) amplifiers, BSS Audio BLU-800 signal processing and a Soundcraft Si Performer 1 mixing console.
Veterans Memorial Stadium also has a new Daktronics scoreboard in the corner of the north end zone, topped with three arrays of VLA loudspeakers. Each array includes five loudspeakers, comprised of a combination of VLA301H, VLA601H and VLA901H models. In addition, three JBL PD5200 loudspeakers provide down fill, while in underbalcony and concourse areas, 12 CBT70J column loudspeakers provide delay fill.
The stadium needed high output and even coverage across all seating areas,” says Dan Eckert of Daktronics. “We also needed loudspeakers that could make the 500-600-foot throw to the far side of the stadium and the VLA loudspeakers have that ability.”
In addition, the press box in the stadium posted an acoustics challenge. “We had to contend with the press box on one side of the stadium, which created some reflections,” Eckert notes. “But we were mostly able to steer the VLA loudspeakers away from those reflecting areas. We’ve used VLA in past projects and are very comfortable with their performance.”
Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers power the VLA loudspeakers while Crown DCi amplifiers power the rest of the JBL loudspeakers. In addition, Veterans Memorial Stadium features a BSS Audio BLU-800 digital signal processing system. The system is being managed with Harman HiQnet Audio Architect software.
“We’ve had great experiences with the I-Tech HD amplifiers and they work very well together with the BSS processing,” Eckert concludes.