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Sound reinforcement systems from Bay Area audio innovator, Meyer Sound, played a supporting role in the Super Bowl 50 festivities, the biggest Super Bowl week ever celebrated and one that the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee called “uniquely Bay Area”.

In their quest to make the game-day sound for this Super Bowl the best ever, NFL production leaders tapped Meyer Sound to help enhance the February 7 experience between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Meyer Sound’s technical team worked with ATK Audiotek of Valencia, California, to rig SB-1 parabolic long-throw sound beams and SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers at Levi’s Stadium, ensuring that the full house in the upper deck can enjoy game day.

State-of-the-art Meyer Sound solutions were also to be found enhancing the fan experience at many of the Bay Area events leading up to Super Bowl 50. The company’s top-of-the-line LEO® Family of line array loudspeakers supported Metallica’s trademark sound at AT&T Park on Saturday, and powered the party at Project Nightclub on Pier 70 for performances by Dave Matthews Band and Pharrell Williams on Thursday and Friday nights, respectively. The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at Saturday’s Super Bowl eve show there.


The Dave Matthews Band during the Super Bowl 50 festivities at AT&T Park.











In addition, longtime fans at the San Francisco Symphony experienced Meyer Sound’s newest product — the LEOPARD™ linear sound reinforcement system — in two special evenings of big-game orchestral celebrations at Davies Symphony Hall.

The systems at AT&T Park, Pier 70 and Davies Symphony Hall were supplied by Martinez, California-based Pro Media/UltraSound, a company perhaps best known as the Grateful Dead’s sound system supplier since 1980.

Helen Meyer, Meyer Sound’s executive vice president and co-founder, commented before Super Bowl 50:

All of us at Meyer Sound are thrilled to play a role in the big game and in all the festivities leading up to this extra special 50th anniversary.

Of course, we aren’t taking an official corporate position on who we’d like to win, but considering that 30 Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeakers are installed on the upper deck of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, there might be a slight tilt toward the Carolina Panthers.

Unfortunately for Meyer, it was the Denver Broncos who finished up as the worthy winners of Super Bowl 50.

Founded by Berkeley residents John and Helen Meyer in 1979, Meyer Sound designs and manufactures its products, including all of the self-powered loudspeakers and accompanying digital signal processors deployed for these events, on its ever-expanding Berkeley campus.


Levi’s® Stadium becomes first US stadium to receive LEED Gold certification

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Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s® Stadium has become the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as a new construction.


The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.


Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers, said:

The Bay Area is a world leader in sustainable efforts, and achieving  LEED Gold certification for Levi’s Stadium is another example of our desire to showcase all that is special about the region. Our design team, partners and contractors have helped Levi’s Stadium become the environmentally responsible building we had envisioned.


LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, recognises best-in-class building strategies and practices. In order to receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Levi’s® Stadium achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED Gold status is earned by accumulating 39 to 51 points on the rating system and Levi’s® Stadium had registered a total of 41 upon opening.


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Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of USGBC, commented:

Levi’s Stadium’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Levi’s Stadium serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.


LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 60,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising 11.2 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 US states and more than 154 countries worldwide.


President & CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh, added:

Achieving this milestone shows the dedication and commitment to building Levi’s Stadium in a responsible way. Innovation and sustainability are two focus areas for both of our organizations. Today’s announcement is just another reason why we’re so pleased to be partners with the 49ers.


Designed by HNTB and constructed by Turner/Devcon, Levi’s® Stadium embodies innovative elements found throughout Silicon Valley. From the 1,000-plus state-of-the-art solar elements found throughout the building, including the three solar array-covered NRG Energy Bridges, to its automatic sensors and high-efficient energy management system, Levi’s® Stadium was designed to be one of the most compelling sports and entertainment venues in the country, all the while maintaining a disciplined green approach to sustainable design elements.


Levi’s® Stadium’s green features were designed to allow the venue to achieve net zero energy performance, enabling the 10 scheduled 49ers home games per season to be completely powered by the year-round collection of solar energy.


David Crane, President & CEO of NRG Energy said:

Achieving this LEED Gold certification, a first for a stadium in the U.S., is a sterling achievement that demonstrates remarkable leadership in environmental design and construction for Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco  49ers, NRG and all other parties involved. It is the latest example of how the use of distributed solar power can deliver both environmental and economic benefits to customers of all sizes, connecting them to the growing trend of sustainability in our society.