Venue News: Nationwide Arena Improves Sound System; UNLV Paves Way for New On-Campus Stadium

Compiled by Karen Hogan, Associate Editor, Sports Video Group

As part of a project that included a massive video upgrade, acoustical consultant Anthony James Partners joined A/V integration firm Daktronics to bring sound reinforcement in line with the Nationwide Arena amenities using efficient, point-source Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers. The design called for eight primary clusters distributed equally around the arena. Each cluster contains two Danley SH-96 full-range loudspeakers hard-packed side-by-side and a Danley TH-118 subwoofer. Eight wide-dispersion Danley SM-100 loudspeakers populate a delay ring that provides coverage for Nationwide Arena’s highest tier. Two additional SH-96s cover the ice. Daktronics installed all of the clusters on chain motors for easy servicing and, in the case of those clusters whose positions would interfere with musical acts, easy hoisting. Nationwide Arena’s new high-definition sound reinforcement system complements a new high-definition video system. Its showpiece is a new 43,000 lb. scoreboard that uses nearly sixteen million LEDs to display high-definition video on four 25-foot by 15.5-foot screens…

…Plans for a stadium on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus have moved a giant step closer to reality. The Nevada Board of Regents unanimously voted Friday in favor of a campus master plan that includes the 60,000-seat stadium. The action paves the way for UNLV and its private partner Majestic Realty Co. to move ahead with plans to build the stadium. According to a study released Friday, the stadium could pump $393 million a year into the Las Vegas economy, and draw at least 15 new, major events to the city. In addition to luring outside events such as an NFL exhibition game or the Electric Daisy Carnival, the stadium also would replace aging Sam Boyd Stadium as the site for UNLV football games…

…Panasonic Eco Solutions North America has signed a deal with Lighthouse Technologies to be the sole distributor of Lighthouse LED video display technology in the United States and Canada. The partnership should strengthen business for both overseas firms as they compete for deals to develop scoreboards for arenas and stadiums in North America, officials with Panasonic and Lighthouse say. Scoreboard integrators such as TS Sports, a company that has worked directly with Lighthouse in the past, would buy the firm’s technology through Panasonic, said Jim Doyle, president of Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. The deal expands a relationship between Panasonic and Lighthouse and creates consolidation in a small but fragmented industry…

…Located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, the largest public university in New England, the 10,500-seat William D. Mullins Memorial Center arena unveiled the replacement for its 20-year-old installed PA system in mid-October. The new system includes a QSC Audio ILA System comprising seventy-two WL2082-i line array elements and twelve WL118-sw subwoofers driven by twenty-two PowerLight 3 Series PL340 amplifiers, all under the control of two Q-Sys Core 250i units with a Q-Sys I/O Frame. The Mullins Center is home to UMass Amherst’s Minutemen basketball and ice hockey and Minutewomen basketball teams. The arena also hosts concerts and other events, as well as productions by a variety of UMass departments. The new system also includes a Yamaha LS932 digital mixing console fitted with CobraNet output cards feeding two Q-Sys Core 250i processors installed 400 feet away in the gridwork high above the floor alongside the PL340 amplifiers…

…Nearly a dozen years after the Tampa Bay Mutiny played its last Major League Soccer match, the British owners of a Brandon-based soccer franchise say they plan to lure MLS back to Tampa with a $400 million stadium. On Dec. 11, the group will unveil a plan to construct a 28,888-seat stadium with a retractable roof, a $50 million soccer academy, and a $250 million sports medicine center. Plans call for the stadium to open in March of 2016.