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Dover Athletic FC upgrades Crabble ground

English National League football club Dover Athletic has made a substantial investment in the facilities at its 6,500-capacity Crabble ground in Kent.

The upgrades have been made both to meet the Football League criteria, and also provide a better match-day experience for its supporters.

The centrepiece is the new £1.3m cantilevered Family Stand, which aside from providing a further 500-seats and improved facilities for players, officials and disabled supporters alike, required a state-of-the-art public address system.

Old Barn Audio (OBA) was awarded the contract and recommended a Martin Audio CDD (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) solution — in this case dipping into the ‘WR’ series.

Director Phil Clark said:

The weatherised CDD-WR was the perfect choice. And with 32 enclosures installed it is the largest CDD-WR install yet in the UK.

The company first carried out a demo for the club chairman, Jim Parmenter, who was extremely impressed with both the quality and dispersion.

As a result, OBA’s contract was extended from the Family Stand to all four stands spread over seven zones. The new design would replace a simple 100v horn based system.

The system integrators undertook a site survey which took in the Dover End and River End stands behind the goals and the main stand containing the VIP boxes and press seating which faces the new all-seater Family Stand and Clubhouse.

New TV comms all formed part of the new extension, which required replacement of all the old electrics. Tie-in to the existing infrastructure on the other stands was possible. Commentary for the TV broadcasts is provided from the new control room.

In terms of speaker deployment the new Family Stand has been equipped with four CDD10-WR, fixed to the leading edge of the roof, all angled down using standard flying yokes to tilt the angles accurately and ensure even coverage.