April 1, 2020
STADIA sets the pace in Philippine Olympic-grade athletics stadium
The New Clark City Athletics Stadium is an Olympic Grade Class 1 multi-purpose stadium located at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, in the Philippines.
High-profile events hosted recently by the 20,000-capacity venue have included the athletic events and closing ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 ASEAN Para Games.
The Athletics Stadium’s spectacular architecture with its hinged roof, which takes inspiration from the crater of the country’s Mount Pinatubo volcano, now hosts an impressive new Outline STADIA PA system composed of 30 loudspeaker enclosures powered by 8 Outline GTA Otto (Dante) power amps, installed by Amigo Entertainment Technologies, Inc., Outline’s distributor for the Philippines.
Amigo also installed an Outline STADIA PA in the leading-edge New Clark City Sports Hub’s IAAF-certified Class 1 Aquatics Center, designed by world-renowned Philippine architects Budji + Royal and adjacent to the Athletics Stadium.
Amigo has been delivering results since it was established in 1979, under the name First Audio Resources & Management Corporation, providing audio and visual technology for commercial and industrial applications. To this day, the company continues to lead the field with innovative ventures, including ongoing major projects such as the SM Group of Companies, Okada Casino Resort Hotel, Alloy MTD Philippines, Department of Tourism Philippines. The company’s impressive portfolio of projects in a wide variety of fields now extends beyond the Philippines to include Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore, USA, Guam and Vietnam.
A respected and renowned specialist in various aspects of entertainment operations, Amando Nieva Zamora is chairman and CEO of Amigo, and states, “Throughout our years of intensive research and growth in our industry, we have developed a premium line of products and services to suit every client’s needs and now supply audio, video, lighting, sfx and sports facility equipment, as well as providing services such as AVL integration, software development and electrical design & installation.”
The stadium’s PA system is formed by Outline STADIA 100 LA enclosures (stadia.outline.it), a range that comprises three two-way loudspeaker modules with similar dimensions, identical horizontal directivity (100°) and either 10°, 20° or 30° vertical dispersion, enabling them to ensure ideal coverage for any location, as system designers can deploy them to create sound reinforcement solutions that have excellent long-throw accuracy, thus keeping audible reflections and reverberation to a minimum.
Regarding the choice of brand for this high-profile installation, carried out just in time for the Games, Zamora explains, “To handle this key project, which featured some challenging aspects, such as the fact that the building consists almost entirely in acoustically reflective products such as steel and glass, we decided to install an Outline rig for the Italian manufacturer’s proven leadership in the audio field and the fact that we are familiar with the systems’ superior quality, thanks to fundamental feature for a venue of this class, type and size, such as their high intelligibility and extreme precision, even when very long throws are involved.”
Yet another high-profile installation featuring Outline STADIA enclosures is in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, where the Ekaterinburg Arena football stadium (2018 World Cup stadium and the home ground of Russian Premier League football club FC Ural Yekaterinburg) is equipped with no less than 121 STADIA modules, forming part of a rig with an impressive total of 223 Outline enclosures.