A three-year renovation of 29,000-seat Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Isreal, which hosts soccer matches as well as concerts, includes a new sound reinforcement system utilizing JBL Professional loudspeakers driven by Crown amplification.
The installation of the new system at the 60-year-old stadium was a cooperative effort between independent consultant Harel Tabibi (who designed and specified the system), integration company Barkai LTD, and installation company The Charmer Group. Components were supplied by KZPRO (R.B.X international), the professional division of KLEY-ZEMER.
“The main challenge of this project was to give appropriate sound coverage to the southern and northern balconies that are not roofed,” says Tabibi. “As a result, we had to install the speakers over the sides of the balcony, 80 meters away from the audience. The main advantage of working with JBL was having such a wide range of products to choose from. Combining the PD-6000 series and PD-500 series loudspeakers created a quality result and gave equal and uniform coverage throughout the stadium.”
The system includes 80 JBL PD564 WRC loudspeakers as well as a dozen PD6322 WRC loudspeakers, all powered by Crown I-TECH 4X3500-HD four-channel amplifiers. Systems engineer Babo Levy of Charmer Group managed the installation, noting that great care was taken to make sure the components were correctly put into place from the outset to avoid making difficult adjustments later.
“The angles were spot on,” Levy says. “After the installation process took place and testing began there was no need for any adjustments with the hang points. It was a challenging project, as there were no cranes allowed on-site after the installation of the soccer pitch, so the very detailed plans we got from HARMAN helped a great deal.”