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Specialist integrator, SLX Sp. z o.o. has completed the design and installation of a state-of-the-art sound system for the new Tychy Municipal Stadium. Located in the city of Tychy, the 15,300-capacity venue is one of the finest sports facilities in the southern Polish region of Silesia. 

Home to the football team GKS Tychy, the new stadium has been designed to meet the requirements of UEFA and FIFA and as a true multifunctional venue for concerts, cultural and artistic events, fairs and conferences. In addition to the main sports arena, with six commentary positions, the site comprises restaurants, conference rooms, two TV studios, VIP lounges and impressive amenities for players and athletes. The stadium not only creates a striking new landmark, but is intended to become a showcase for the city.

For the main arena sound system, SLX designed a system using sixty-eight Community R SERIES R.5HP loudspeakers, deployed in pairs along the outer edge of the stadium’s 360-degree canopy. Each pair of loudspeakers is arrayed to provide even coverage of the front and rear tiered seats. The high power three-way R.5HP offers high sensitivity and mid-range clarity with vocal projection and intelligibility maximised over distance. A further two Community R2-94 loudspeakers cover the playing field.

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Loudspeaker performance is optimised by a Community dSPEC 226 DSP processor and the Community loudspeakers are driven by six Dynacord DSA 8410 4-channel amplifiers and a DSA 8405 amplifier. The whole system is operated on a Dynacord P64 audio matrix that connects all devices in an IRIS-Net network, allowing monitoring and control from a PC. The system is controlled from the main commentary position via the PC and a Dynacord CMS 1600-3. Genelec monitors and Sennheiser wireless microphones complete the system.

SLX additionally installed an APS-APROSYS eight-zone modular voice alarm system, from Swiss manufacturer g + m electronics. The alarm system is fully integrated with the main sound system and also operates in all the stadium’s public, commercial and technical spaces and the underground car park. In the case of an emergency, the safety system has full priority and all other signals are automatically muted, with absolute priority for the fire officer’s microphone.

Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. supplied the main equipment and provided technical support for the project.

Marcin Zimny, Commercial Director of Tommex, commented:

SLX has designed and installed an outstanding system for the entertainment and safety of visitors to Tychy Municipal Stadium. All elements of the system have a proven track record for reliability and the sound in the main arena is clear and even across all seating areas, ensuring spectators’ maximum enjoyment of all events.

 

 

Zaha Hadid called it ‘a scandal’ and the Japanese Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura tendered his resignation when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested the New National Stadium project go back to the drawing board. Hadid’s design, which won the international architecture competition, and the sports minister, both became victims of what an investigative panel has found to be ‘an incompetent organisational structure’.

Yomiuri Shimbun reported:

The results of interviews conducted by a third-party panel probing the failure of the initial plan for the new National Stadium suggest a lack of risk awareness and a disdainful attitude toward information disclosure among leaders of the Japan Sport Council (JSC) and the sports ministry.

The panel, which was commissioned by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, compiled a report that concluded the reason for the failure of the project lies with an incompetent organisational structure that is incapable of handling a project of this scale.

A main problem has been the JSC’s inability to pin down costs. General contractors reported the total construction cost estimate to be ¥308.8 billion, the joint ventures in charge of design put their estimate at ¥211.2 billion, against an initially estimated cost of ¥162.5 billion.

The new stadium was due to host the Rugby World Cup Final in 2019 but World Rugby provided the JSC with some extra breathing space to get back on track when last week it accepted an offer that  Yokohama Stadium (pictured in Tokyo Stadium 2020 mode) will replace the new National Stadium among the 12 venues and will host both the opening ceremony and opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby President, Bernard Lapasset, said:

These are exciting, unprecedented times for Japan Rugby and this revised roadmap reinforces and reflects the shared vision and mission to deliver a Rugby World Cup that will be great for Japan, great for Asia and great for Rugby. 

2019 Rugby World Cup organisation’s Chief Executive, Akira Shimazu, said:

This revised plan is an exciting blueprint for success and we are confident that Rugby World Cup 2019 will be very special tournament for Japan and global rugby.