Allianz Park in North London – the new home of Saracens Rugby Club – now sports a concert-standard audio system designed and installed by Richard Nowell of RNSS.
Working with audio consultant Roger Lindsey, who was brought in by Saracens CEO Edward Griffiths, Nowell specified gear from a number of manufacturers, including EM Acoustics equipment for the East stand.
Griffiths felt that rugby fans deserved better audio than what is usually offered in rugby grounds. His view was that expectations are higher now than they used to be thanks to the influx of technology into peoples’ homes and more sophisticated systems in music venues. Griffiths wanted to be able to offer the same standard of audio to rugby fans visiting Allianz Park.
One major consideration was the internal spaces, including the new East grandstand and three other stands, all of which now feature hi-fidelity sound via EM Acoustics loudspeaker systems.
“We needed speakers for the interior spaces that would both look good and sound good,” said Nowell. “We auditioned a variety of suitable units with the client and EM Acoustics came out comfortably ahead on quality, while staying within our budget.”
Nowell settled for 54 EMS-81X small format full range multipurpose loudspeakers, 34 of the slightly smaller EMS-61s and 15 EMS-112 passive subwoofers, which were modified to be flown. The systems serve several areas, including the 105m-long interior space under the East stand, which acts as a match day bar, indoor athletics track and training area.
“EM Acoustics couldn’t have been more helpful in terms of a tight delivery timeline, custom finish and technical information,” concluded Nowell. “They met our budget requirements and the speakers were delivered on time and work perfectly for excellent results. The client is delighted.”
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