North stand reinforcement, with single EAW QX364-WPs covering upper level & 14 QX366-WPs arranged into seven clusters of two boxes for lower seating.
As for what the Q-Sys is actually driving, reinforcement for the stands is provided entirely via EAW boxes, with a significant array of Atlas Sound and some JBL Control products handling the localized audio through the concessionary areas and the rest of the facility. Reinforcement for the upper level of the revamped north side stands is handled via 11 EAW QX364-WP weather-protected boxes with 60- by 45-degree coverage. The lower level has 14 QX366-WP boxes with 60- by 60-degree coverage, arranged into seven clusters of two boxes.
As for the newly erected south side, the lower level stands get sound via 14 QX326-WP full-range boxes with 120- by 60-degree coverage. The upper level is covered by eight clusters comprised of: two MK2326i-WP boxes with 120- by 60-degree coverage; one MK2394i-WP box with 90- by 45-degree coverage; and one SB250zP-WP dual 15-in. sub. For the wings of the upper level near each end zone, there are four clusters each consisting of one MK8126i-WP, one MK2394i-WP, and SB150zP-WP. All of the EAW speakers throughout the facility were finished with a special weather-protected coating, with those in the upper level of the south side also having a custom Pantone colour as per OSEG’s spec.
Getting the boxes into place came with a few unique challenges based on the building’s design. The roof for the renovated north side was entirely rebuilt and the overhang was actually scaled back by approximately 20 ft. between the architect’s initial design that was used to build the spec and the actual construction, making for a bit of a curve ball. “There were several changes put forth by the architect throughout the course of construction and we were constantly working to keep up with those and adhere to the specified design,” Frechette explains. With input from EAW, the integrators were able to keep roughly the same design, just moving the boxes back and re-aiming to achieve the same coverage and SPL levels. Physically getting the speakers in place on the roof also required a unique solution, as the skating rink made it impossible to employ a crane or scaffolding. That solution? Apex Rope Services, a small company based in Toronto that specializes in rope access, rigging, high-angle rescue, and other high-flying feats. In the rafters, there was just enough room to install a beam clamp and get riggers and equipment into the air for the crew to handle the installation. “The boys were a-one on that one,” Couvrette says about Apex, noting he’s worked with the team a few times in the past. “I’ve been doing this job for 18 years, and they’ve always impressed me with their methods.”
In fact, they impressed the bosses from the other trades so much that one of Apex’s team members ended up sticking around on standby rescue for the other trades working above ground for the remainder of the project. The south side didn’t call for as elaborate an execution, though its shape did offer a certain level of difficulty. “There’s nothing conventional on any point for that roof,” Frechette says with a chuckle. “As far as positioning, aligning, tuning… there were a lot of logistics that went into that process. In most cases, we’re working in a facility with a few corners; for this, it’s like trying to find a corner in a round room.”
All of the cross members on the roof are constructed of wood, so weight was a consideration, though there was also an insistence on clean sightlines, hence the elaborate cluster design and reason there were so many more boxes for the upper level than the lower. The curve also informed the slightly different cluster configuration for the seating closest to the two end zones. As for reinforcement across the rest of the facility, Atlas Sound’s FAP62T 6-in. and FAP82T 8-in. two-way in-ceiling loudspeakers handled the majority.
For spaces requiring boxes, a complement of Atlas Sound and JBL products were employed – primarily Atlas’ SM82T 2-way boxes, JBL’s install-ready AWC-82 all-weather boxes, and Control 25T all-weather boxes. Some were used for the meeting rooms, which also feature small AV systems with a display, mics, and so on, all tied into the main system. “So theoretically,” Laniel offers as an example, you could tie one of the meeting rooms to the main PA. That just shows how everything is pretty much plug-and-play.”
TD Place Stadium was a massive undertaking for Solotech’s Gatineau office, though plenty of support came via its Montreal headquarters and supplier partners. When asked about aspects of the job that the team hadn’t faced in the past that offered a good learning opportunity, Laniel and Régimbald share a laugh – “just about the whole job,” Laniel says, but adds that the process went relatively smoothly and there were never any major concerns.
“At the end of the day,” he says, “it’s been very gratifying being part of a project of this size. We got to explore a lot of new technologies to find the best solutions, and in all, it was a great experience.”
Ultimately, the goal is to deliver a similarly great experience to patrons cheering on their local clubs with uniform and intelligible sound, and after just a few football games, it’s pretty clear that’s the case.
The system is performing like a first-liner, especially considering it’s tough to compete with 24,000 screaming fans.
A look at some of the key audio components integrated into TD Place Stadium, courtesy of Solotech.
118 x Atlas Sound FAP62T 6-in. 2-way in-ceiling speaker
38 x Atlas Sound FAP82T 8-in. 2-way in-ceiling speaker
54 x Atlas Sound SM82T 175 W 8-in. 2-way loudspeaker
16 x EAW MK2326i-WP 2-way switchable weatherproofed loudspeaker
12 x EAW MK2394i-WP 2-way switchable weatherproofed loudspeaker
4 x EAW MK8126IPL-WP passive 2-way weatherproofed loudspeaker
14 x EAW QX326-WP 2-way full-range weatherproofed loudspeaker
11 x EAW QX364-WP 2-way full-range weatherproofed loudspeaker
14 x EAW QX366-WP 2-way full-range weatherproofed loudspeaker
4 x EAW SB150zP-WP 525 W, 8-ohm 1×15-in. weatherproofed subwoofer
8 x EAW SB250zP-WP 1050 W, 4-ohm 2×15-in. weatherproofed subwoofer
2 x EAW UX8800 Digital Signal Processor with EAW Focusing
34 x Electro-Voice SX300 PIX 300 W 12in. weatherproof speaker
62 x JBL AWC-82 8-in. 2-way compact all-weather loudspeaker
14 x JBL Control 25T 150 W 5.25-in. two-way speaker w/ transformer
6 x JBL MTC-PC2 input panel cover for JBL ControI
21 x JBL 150 W 70 V 2-way speaker
27 x QSC CIML4-KIT Q-Sys std. mic/line card kit (4 channels in w/ 48 V)
36 x QSC CODP4-KIT Q-Sys DataPort output card kit (4 channels)
10 x QSC COL4-KIT Q-Sys line level out card kit (4 channels)
4 x QSC CORE-500i Q-Sys Core w/128 channels, 8 card slots, 2 CPIO
6 x QSC CX108V 8-channel amplifier (100 W/70 V)
10 x QSC CX1202V 2-channel amplifier (800 W/70 V)
3 x QSC CX204V 4-channel amplifier (200 W/70 V)
14 x QSC I/O-FRAME Q-Sys input/output Module (4 card slots)
25 x QSC PL340 2-channel amplifier (800 W/8 ohms)
4 x QSC PS-1600H Q-Sys 16-button page station
56 x QSC TSC-3-B Q-Sys touch screen controller (320×240 pixels)