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World’s largest Ceremonies Communication system used for Baku 2015

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Delivering the world’s largest Ceremonies Communication system for the inaugural European Games that took place in Baku this June, was Sydney-based company, The P.A. People.


In the run-up to Baku 2015, The P.A. People won the contract to provide ceremonies communications (comms), providing two-way radio, intercom, CCTV and technical services. For the Ceremony proceedings, The P.A. People selected Clear-Com intercom systems to handle production communications during rehearsals and both Ceremonies. Clear-Com also provided two support engineers on the ground.


Chris Dodds, Managing Director of The P.A. People, advised:

The scale of the project was pretty remarkable. In many ways it was a bigger undertaking than Sochi. The other particularly notable aspect of the project was the use of the Clear-Com FreeSpeak II [DECT-based wireless communications] system to cater to the Moving Stage. The production crew did not include full duplex on the original specification, but as the artistic component of the event developed – and after we had been appointed as contractor – it was determined that a full duplex solution would constitute a significant advantage for the Ceremonies.


Ultimately, the call was for a capacity of 80-plus packs to be put in place. With 50 or so packs generally constituting the maximum for a single-location FreeSpeak II deployment, as Dodds confirmed:

We designed a configuration using two systems in two different frequency bands, and with the support of the Azerbaijani authorities, we were able to operate one system in one local license band and the other outside of that. With the two systems co-located, we could achieve the desired 80 packs in one physical RF space to the satisfaction of all. It was a great achievement.


Other elements of the Clear-Com Moving Stage comms specification included a single Eclipse HX Median Digital Matrix Platform, nine HelixNet Master Stations and 70 HelixNet Beltpacks. Comms for general main stadium usage included two Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix systems and more than 200 IP-enabled intercom panels. Clear-Com V-Series Intercom Panels were also to be found in the rehearsal tent and remote cauldron areas.


Bob Boster, President of Clear-Com, commented:

The P.A. People have highly trained and knowledgeable personnel who know exactly how to get the most out of the systems.


A spokesperson for Sports Video Group Europe, added:

A brand new addition to the global sports landscape, the European Games ran from 12-28 June in Baku, Azerbaijan. Sydney, Australia-based firm, The P.A. People, is a stalwart specialist in stadium audio installations and event communications. Examples of large venue systems projects include Stadium Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground and Brisbane Cricket Ground, to name just a few.


Dodds reported a highly positive” response to the performance of the comms systems on the night, while Boster reported “another in a long line of great collaborations with The P.A. People. We really have a great partnership with them. They have highly trained and knowledgeable personnel who know exactly how to get the most out of the systems – as the deployment at Baku demonstrates.”


Balloon Drop

Baku 2015 will be featured in our forthcoming Q3 (formerly Autumn) ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management – the world’s leading magazine for the business of stadia, arenas, sporting events & venues.


More facts about the Baku 2015 Closing Ceremony:

  • 250m: length of aerial lines across the stadium, with a capacity to carry 7.5 tons
  • 450m2  of LED floor tiles used on the three stages
  • 500+ truckloads of freight and 100 tons of airfreight from 20 countries to create the Ceremony
  • 800 speakers and 25km of cabling for the sound system
  • 2,000+ lighting fixtures
  • 12,000+ ear pieces and 180,000+ recycled batteries used by the cast and crew
  • 20.5 million man hours spent building the new Olympic Stadium since work began in June 2011
  • 10,000 pyrotechnics
  • 5,000 hours of preparation on-site have gone into creating the evening’s spectacular pyrotechnics displays
  • 200 hours of programming to sychronise the fireworks with the music
  • 120 pyrotechnic launch pads on the stadium roof


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Wembley adds to trophy cabinet of green awards

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Wembley has collected the UK’s Green Tourism GoldStar award in the Conferencing and Events Venue Category. Wembley was shortlisted for the award as a result of the high score achieved during the Green Tourism audit which took place during 2012. The finalists represented the top 3% of Green Tourism businesses in the UK. At the start of the year Wembley was the first stadium to achieve the highest category – three stars – in the Industry Green certification, due to continued and improved environmental performance. It was noted that “the Stadium’s communications with staff as well as with the audience and supply chain have been exceptional.” James Huartson, Sustainability Manager said:

The successes at the Stadium are due to the continued work carried out by the Green Team which is a coalition of people from all departments across the site, The FA and partner companies. The Green Team was set up to develop, implement and manage the Environmental Management System for the Stadium. The Green Team promotes campaigns and achievements to all staff to ensure targets are achieved and our performance continues to improve.

To top these awards, Wembley Stadium has now become one of the first organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard. This independent standard certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce their waste output, year on year. The Stadium demonstrated a 25.7% absolute reduction in the carbon intensity of waste since 2010, achieved through improved recycling segregation and waste saved from landfill and sent instead to a waste-to-energy plant. Roger Maslin, Managing Director at Wembley, said:

Since the new Wembley Stadium opened we have been monitoring and assessing our environmental impacts and setting targets for improvement. Waste is one of our most significant impacts, and consequently, staff and contract partners on site have all worked together to improve our waste management system to reduce these impacts. The Wembley Stadium vision states that we are committed to demonstrating leadership in environmental sustainability and so we are very proud to be one of the first organisations to achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard.

Catch up with Wembley’s incredible year in the Winter Showcase Special issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.