Tim Hortons Field

Project Profile
Designed by Dave Clark Consulting and Arthur Skudra
Installed by A/V Systems of Mississauga, Ontario

When the Ontario region surrounding Toronto was named as the host of the 2015 Pan American Games, the entire region began preparations. To host soccer games, a new facility, Tim Hortons Field, was erected in the city of Hamilton. The multi-purpose facility sits on the former site of the venerable Ivor Wynne Stadium, home to Hamilton’s Canadian Football League (CFL) franchise, the Tiger-Cats

Challenges

  • Creating a sound system to meet the exacting standards of both FIFA (soccer’s governing body) and the CFL
  • While high output was needed for crowd control and urgent public PA messages, pattern control was crucial to keep sound from spilling over into the nearby residential area

Solution

After reviewing the stadium’s SPL requirements along with the mounting locations for the loudspeakers, it was clear to Fulcrum Acoustic co-founder Dave Gunness, working with project consultant Dave Clark, that the project required a higher-output solution than was currently available. To meet the need, Fulcrum created a brand new product, the AH463, a higher-output version of the AH family noted for its high sensitivity, high power handling, exacting pattern control and compact footprint. 16 AH463 bi-amplified boxes were mounted to the four lighting towers atop the east side stands. Four more were installed above the upper press box area on the west side for long throws down into the bowl. Seating areas shadowed by the stadium’s architecture were covered by AH65fp and AH69fp fill speakers with coaxial horn systems specifically based on the stadium’s directional requirements. Finally, 16 Fulcrum CX1295 speakers were installed on cantilevered yokes to cover two levels and eliminate the need for an entire row of speakers on the stadium’s west side. The efficiency of AH products helped minimize the number of amplifier channels required for the project.

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The project required a higher-output solution than was currently available. To meet the need, Fulcrum created a brand new product, the AH463, a higher-output version of the AH family noted for its high sensitivity, high power handling, exacting pattern control and compact footprint.

Project Details

LocationHamilton, Ontario, Canada
MarketSports Stadiums and Arenas
Type24,000-seat outdoor stadium
Fulcrum Products(20) AH – High-Output Coaxial Horn
(16) AH4 – Higher-Output Coaxial Horn
(16) CCX12 – 12” Coaxial Cardioid Loudspeaker
Supporting ProductsQSC Power Amplifiers
64-Channel Q-Sys Core Processing by QSC

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