NEXO Sound to resonate Principality Stadium


Principality Stadium to install NEXO sound Image: NEXO

The Principality Stadium in Cardiff (UK) is the latest national stadium to install NEXO sound.

‘NEXO’ stated that Llanelli (UK)-based PAI Group/Vaughan Sound has completed the design and installation of a new NEXO sound system at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff (UK).

The 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium, known since 2016 as the Principality Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the national stadium of Wales (UK). Located in Cardiff, it is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also held the Wales national football team games.

Paris (France)-based NEXO has been designing groundbreaking sound reinforcement solutions since 1979. The company’s pioneering technology, innovative designs and sonic excellence have enhanced live events across the globe for decades, gaining the respect and trust of sound professionals everywhere.

The PAI is a total service provider, dedicated to offering a full range of design, integration and installation amenities using leading sound, lighting and audio-visual products, as well as networked digital media and control. With 40+ years in the service industry, the team uses their wealth of experience to deliver consultation, design, project management, specification, installation, and a variety of excellent customer support packages.

Originally founded in 1964, Vaughan Sound is now part of the PAI Group and boasts almost 60 years of industry expertise and knowledge in providing cost-effective, future-proof solutions. The Vaughan Sound team has designed and installed cutting-edge professional audio systems and public address, voice alarm, disabled refuge and induction loop packages to numerous sports stadia, pitches and recreational buildings across the United Kingdom.

Llanelli (UK)-based the PAI Group of Companies excel in the design, installation and support of integrated audio, video, lighting, and control solutions for the local, national and international clients.

‘NEXO’ further stated that home to Welsh rugby, the 74,500-seat venue is one of just two European sports stadiums with a fully retractable roof and joins a growing number of national stadiums standardizing on NEXO sound that already includes the 80,000-capacity Stade de France in Paris (France) and the 82,300-capacity Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.

Stated Stuart Williams, PAI Project Manager, “We’ve been involved in maintaining and upgrading the original system at the stadium for many years, and welcomed the opportunity to propose a new system which would both enhance the matchday experience for the fans and keep them safe with the clear intelligibility and uniform coverage of every seat necessary for effective public address and voice alarm functions.”

Designed in conjunction with the NEXO Engineering Support team and drawing on NEXO line array and point source technology, the main system at the Principality Stadium comprises 18 arrays of 8 x NEXO GEO S1230 with 10 banks of 3 x L18 subs and a delay line of 32 x NEXOP12 and 12 x NEXO P10 speakers. Pitch coverage is provided by a further 4 arrays of 4 x GEO S1230 each, with under balconies on level 3 covered by 44 x NEXO P8s and VIP hospitality boxes around the stadium covered by 75 x NEXO ID24s.

A total of 41 x NEXO NXAMPMk2-powered TD Controllers are spread across 6 amplifier rooms with a fiber ring connecting Dante™ and Q-LAN distribution networks, with remote control and monitoring from NEXO’s NeMo app together with system control and matrix routing from Q-SYS Core 610 processors. The Baldwin Boxall VIGIL3 integrates seamlessly for Public Address and Voice Alarm Systems (PAVA) announcements and external sources are bridged into the system at locations including the pitchside, the video studio and at the stadium bowl access area known as the Dragon’s Mouth.

Maintained Mark Williams, Principality Stadium Manager, “Anyone that’s been to rugby international at the Principality Stadium will know all about the unrivaled atmosphere created by the Welsh supporters. The addition of a clear and powerful new NEXO sound system will enhance our renowned stadium experience, as well as helping keep the crowd safe throughout all of our world-class events, from major concerts to sporting events. Alongside the clarity of the sound, what’s particularly impressive is the coverage, from the back of every seating tier to the hospitality boxes and lounges, every seat in the stadium will get to experience the same outstanding sound this new system provides.”

Concluded Gareth Collyer, Sales and Marketing Director, NEXO, “The team at the PAI/Vaughan Sound has done a great job at the Principality Stadium, and it’s good to see yet another national stadium choosing NEXO sound to ensure crowd safety and enhance the experience for the fans.”

Gareth Collyer, Sales and Marketing Director, NEXO, France, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

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