Radford University Chooses Community For Dedmon Center Makeover

Founded in 1910, Radford University celebrates its centennial anniversary this year as one of the state’s most vibrant and well-respected colleges.

The school’s Highlanders basketball team boasts an enviable Division I NCAA record, and the team’s potential NBA first-round draft pick has sparked national and local attention, easily filling the 5,000-seat Dedmon Center.

When it opened its doors in 1981, the Dedmon Center was among the first venues in the United States to boast an air-supported roof.

The Center recently underwent a major renovation that included a new steel-reinforced roof, new basketball court, new LED video scoreboards and broadcast capabilities, and an audio system utilizing Community Professional Loudspeakers’ Solutions Series loudspeakers.

“It’s a great place to see a game, but the sound system was always something of an afterthought,” says Tom Gallaher, President of Alcoa, Tennessee-based Gallaher and Associates.

As Gallaher observed, the cavernous space is large enough to easily hold triple its current seating capacity, and has long suffered from challenging acoustics.

The new sound system utilizes 22 Community SLS920 three-way full-range loudspeakers to cover the entire main seating area and the adjacent volleyball courts. Eight i215LVS dual 15-inch subwoofers deliver 36,000 Watts of low-frequency punch, and six i2W8 two-way boxes provide additional front fill coverage.

“Our goal was to design a system that could create an NBA-level environment,” says Gallaher of the new system. “That means serious sound, with powerful bass and great intelligibility everywhere.”

“We’ve used the Community SLS boxes on other projects and knew they could deliver that level of performance. We also knew we could count on Community for great support in ensuring the benchmark of our system designs.”

The installation also includes dual video scoreboards integrating player statistics, time and multiple camera feeds with three angles of instant replay. Crestron touch panels provide control of the system, streamlining many of the more complex operations. 

Gallaher reports both fans and administration are very happy with the system’s performance. “For Radford President Penelope Kyle and Athletic Director Robert Lineburg, there’s always been a friendly rivalry between Radford and the University of Virginia, and their arena’s got a two or three million dollar sound system,” he says. “With this new system, Dedmon Center sounds every bit as good.”

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