Powerful New Meadowlands Stadium Audio System Complete with Community Pro Loudspeakers
New Meadowlands Stadium is equipped with a host of powerful new A/V and broadcast technologies, including more than 2,000 HD monitors, four massive HD video replay boards, and cutting-edge sound and broadcast systems.
While the main arena PA – a large distributed JBL system – delivers powerful coverage to the bowl itself, one of the more challenging areas in the stadium is the concession zone, covered by a series of Community R.5 two-way full-range loudspeakers. As Mark Graham, Associate with sound design firm WJHW explains, the R.5s were chosen as much for their performance as for their durability.
“The concession areas are very much out in the elements, and the rugged, weather-resistant nature of the R-Series was a major consideration,” says Mark Graham,sAssociate with sound design firm WJHW. “But even more important was the loudspeaker’s excellent record for intelligibility.”
“The area is located just outside the main bowl,” says Graham. “So the loudspeakers have to overcome this tremendous wash of sound coming from the crowd of 85,000 people, plus the main sound systems. On top of that, the area is outfitted with several hundred flat screens, typically pumping ESPN or some other channel. It’s a lot of sound to overcome, and the R.5s do that in a stunning fashion.”
New Meadowlands Stadium has also hosted several high-profile events including major soccer matches and concerts from Bon Jovi and U2. It has also been chosen to host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.