Whilst memories of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa may still be fresh, the football world is already looking forward to the sport's next major event: the European Championships to be held in Poland and Ukraine in 2012. Alongside an extensive programme of investment in the building and renovation of venues for the European Championships, a number of other stadiums are undergoing major overhauls. The latest example is the Józef Pilsudski Stadium in Cracow, the home of KS Cracovia. Originally built in 1906, the stadium has been comprehensively renovated and partially reconstructed. Work on the project, for which the celebrated Spanish firm of architects Estudio Lamela was engaged, began in 2009 and was completed at the end of 2010. Estudio Lamela's vision of a contemporary stadium is equally appealing from an aesthetic standpoint as from that of pragmatic functionality.
As with all major sports arenas constructed in the recent past, when it came to the sound reinforcement system to be installed, the operators of the Józef Pilsudski Stadium would hear of no compromises. After all, such arenas ceased to be the exclusive preserve of sports fans long ago: these days football stadiums double as venues for concerts, shows and major gatherings of all kinds. But whatever the event, safety considerations are of paramount importance in arenas of this size, with a central role being played by evacuation, paging and voice alarm systems. Mindful of these responsibilities towards the general public, the decision-makers at the stadium opted for the installation of an extensive DYNACORD audio system in which all the components are networked: "The signal transfer is handled by Cobra Net and the remote supervision by IRIS-Net," explains Marcin Zimny, Manager of the Breslau branch of Tommex Zebrowscy Sp. J. "With this setup, we can supervise and control the entire system – from the input to the loudspeakers. This comprehensive system control gives us a great sense of security."
Aside from achieving the highest possible sound quality, Zimny says that the central challenge involved in the stadium installation,was to ensure the redundancy, operating security, and control of the multiple components. In this regard the customer's stipulations were fully met: "We were warmly congratulated," reports Zimny. "Everything is working exactly as envisioned and the customer is absolutely delighted with the quality of the sound in the stadium."
About the Józef Pilsudski Stadium
Situated in the South West of Cracow, the Józef Pilsudski Stadium has been in service as a football stadium since 1912. The stadium was extensively renovated and partially rebuilt in 2009: it is now covered and seats 15,114 fans. Rating 3 stars in the UEFA classification, it is an approved venue for both international and UEFA cup matches.
The following systems are employed in the Józef Pilsudski Stadium in Cracow (extract):
3x DYNACORD P64 digital audio matrix managers
1x DYNACORD PROMATRIX 4000
2x DYNACORD DSA 8805 amplifiers
2x DYNACORD DSA 8405 amplifiers
2x DYNACORD DSA 8410 amplifiers
1x DYNACORD CM-1 compact interface module
1x DYNACORD AI-1 analogue input module
1x DYNACORD NRS 90234 audio input module
1x DYNACORD NRS 90218 output module
2x DYNACORD NRS 90233 input transformers
1x DYNACORD NRS 90227 output transformer
1x DYNACORD DPP 4004 mains power supply slide-in units
2x DYNACORD DPC 4520 microphone terminals
1x DYNACORD DMM 4650 signal processor
2x DYNACORD NRS 90205 message memory extensions
6x DYNACORD RCM 810 IRIS-Net modules
2x DYNACORD DCS 400 permanent monitoring control modules
2x DYNACORD DCS 421 R permanent monitoring control modules
6x DYNACORD DCS 422 R permanent monitoring control modules
6x DYNACORD DCS 423 R permanent monitoring control modules
2x DYNACORD CM-1 CobraNet digital audio network interface modules
2x DYNACORD AO-2 analogue output modules