Citi Field in Queens, New York, the new 42,000-plus-seat home of the New York Mets franchise of Major League Baseball, is outfitted with widespread distributed system featuring Crown CTs amplifiers and BSS Audio Soundweb London processors as well as audio networking via Harman’s HiQnet configuration and control protocol.
The system was installed by TSI-Global, based in St. Charles, Missouri, and includes 160 CTs 3000 amplifiers, along with 61 CTs 1200 and 19 CTs 2000 amps with PIP-Lite Modules to power all main bowl speakers, club areas, suites, concession stands, restrooms and entrances.
“CTs amplifiers were recommended by the design consultant WJHW. For a large fixed installation such as this one, they gave us great flexibility for the various areas in the stadium,” stated Paul Murdick, vice president at TSI-Global.
All CTs series amplifiers offer integration with HiQnet System Architect and CobraNet. “With Harman components, the ability to control and configure your audio system with HiQnet is a major advantage. When you are dealing with a project of this size, the ability to have your amplifiers perform efficiently while networked is invaluable,” added Murdick.
BSS Audio Soundweb London processors were also deployed in the Citi Field installation. Twenty BLU-120, 14 BLU-160, 10 BLU-80, and eight BLU-800 devices handled control of all stadium audio.
“When you look at sound systems at stadiums across the country you’ll find BSS Audio is a name that will continue to appear. With the Soundweb London products you get great quality and value. Plus they are incredibility easy to program and that is essential in a large venue,” stated Murdick.
Soundweb London devices also offer configurable I/O, CobraNet audio, and fully configurable signal processing.
Overall, Murdick pointed to the great relationship TSI-Global maintains with Harman. “In any major fixed installation such as this one there are challenges,” he said. “We were fortunate enough to start with a great design through our consultant and great equipment. The service and on-site support we received from Harman was second to none and helped make this project as seamless as possible.”
TSI-Global group president Troy Bost added that this will be one of many large-scale projects that TSI will be taking on. “We plan on forging ahead with many strategic large venue projects and their success will be reliant not only on our talented team but the successful partnerships with companies such as Harman.”