The Detroit Lions’ roar will be louder than ever at Ford Field this season after the installation of a 178-loudspeaker Meyer Sound system.
The Meyer Sound LEO Family linear reinforcement system is the keystone audio component of a $100-million off-season renovation of the 65,000-seat enclosed stadium that hosts home games for the National Football League’s Detroit Lions.
The new audio system — designed and built in Berkeley, California — will provide exceptionally high speech intelligibility with uniform coverage throughout the seating bowl while also delivering the broadband power and dynamic range required to energise fans in the stands and players on the field.
The Lions’ renovation project marks the first permanent installation of a LEO Family system in any NFL stadium.
Todd Argust, vice president of operations for the Detroit Lions said:
I think our fans will be blown away by the sound this season. There is no place in the venue where you won’t be able to clearly hear all the play announcements and calls by the officials — which unfortunately was not the case with our old system. It also will be a valuable tool for getting our fans pumped up at critical points in the game, so ultimately it will help the Lions perform at their best here at Ford Field.
Using the same loudspeaker components as touring concert bands such as Metallica, the LEO Family system possesses the wide dynamic range required to deliver clean, uncompressed and undistorted sound even during bursts of peak ambient crowd noise. Because the voice characteristics remain clear and natural, intelligibility remains high without sounding annoyingly loud, Meyer said.
Extended dynamic range also enables greater flexibility in programming music and effects for climactic moments as sound doesn’t have to be heavily compressed to prevent system overload.
Detroit Lions President Rod Wood sums up the sonic overhaul.He said:
We really needed to get the sound quality up to where the fans could clearly hear the calls from the field and enjoy the music during breaks. In that respect, I think we’ve gone from near the bottom of the NFL right to the top.
Argust is pleased that the optimum audio solution for Ford Field came from a company that is American-owned and still manufactures all products in the USA. He said:
Having a system made in America was important symbolically. But it was even more important logistically. Because of our accelerated construction schedule, we needed a vendor that could respond quickly and have the system ready on time with zero performance compromises. We found that with Meyer Sound.