Nashville, Tennessee – When the New Orleans Saints’ newest tailgating epicenter, Champions Square, decided to outfit their 60,000 square foot plaza with a sound system, they chose One Systems, a leading manufacturer of direct weather loudspeakers. The Solomon Group of New Orleans performed the technical system design and Interstate Electronics of Harahan, Louisiana, integrated the twenty-four (24) 212IM and eighteen (18) 112IM cabinets as well as ten (10) 212Sub-W’s.
The Solomon Group chose One Systems speakers based on quality, weatherproofing and price. The square, which holds approximately 8,000 fans, is an example of a high-noise sports and live music venue requiring exceptionally intelligible speakers that perform well for both music and spoken word applications. One Systems' patented equivalent throat horn/driver technology and high-output design made the choice easy for Solomon Group partner, Stephen Fink. "There was a need to incorporate different voice settings depending on usage. One Systems carries all voice and recorded music, but acts as a supplement when the live music stage is in use, in order to reach the extremities of the space, " recalls Fink.
Fink. Each speaker is secured to trusses or the cement enclosure by One Systems 212IM-U U-Brackets, designed specifically for applications such as Champion's Square. "We though we would have to give up sound quality for weatherproofing requirements, but the 112IM and 212IMs provide both," says Fink. "We were looking for budget-conscious solutions for good audio outdoor performance that could withstand the unpredictable New Orleans weather." Not only under budget constraints, but with a two-month deadline as well, Fink expressed his appreciation for a quick turnaround from the manufacturer. "Not only was One Systems able to meet our budget, but with a short turn-around time, they were able to deliver on time.
Working closely with Interstate Electronics' Managing Partner Mike Rideau, speakers were positioned specifically for different areas of the t-shaped square. The design utilizes distributed loudspeakers in sections using a combination of 112IM, 212IM and 212Sub-W's and a Peavey Neon M3 digital processor. "This was an odd space to configure, but through strategic placement of all forty-two (42) speakers, we were able to cover the space evenly. Every fan is reached and is able to clearly understand music and announcements," says Fink.
Champion's Square completed it's 13.5 million dollar construction in August 2010 and includes an open standing room only area surrounded by patio-style tables along the edge, a live-music 36-foot by 32-foot stage, as well as an 18-by-32 foot LED screen. In addition to pre-game celebrations, there are also numerous live concerts and events scheduled to continue throughout the year. With One Systems speakers mounting to scaffolding and the cement enclosure surrounding the square directed towards the center, the new system provides seamless coverage to fans. "We are very proud to be a part of the rich New Orleans history and support the Saints. Champions Square is a great example of an outdoor multi-use facility and our speakers work especially well in these high-noise environments," says One Systems president Doug MacCallum.