Beşiktaş JK Eagles celebrates victory with K-array
TURKEY: Described as one of the most modern stadiums of its time, Istanbul’s new Vodaphone Arena is a 43,000-capacity football venue and home to the Beşiktaş JK Eagles. Opened in April this year, the stadium will also be an entertainment and fashion centre hosting concerts and live shows, an interactive museum and the biggest sportswear store in Turkey. Furthermore, it boasts impressive environmental credentials thanks to the use of solar panels and rainwater storage systems for watering the pitch – the first hybrid grass field of its kind in Turkey. Brining the action to fans inside the stadium is a K-array PA system, designed and installed jointly by Stage Craft and Lotus Technologies.
‘The reconstruction of a historic and monumental stadium such as this one was a challenge altogether,’ recalled Dogu Civicik, designer at Stage Craft. ‘A brand new stadium with a variety of never before seen technologies and the undertaking of the audio installation responsibility made the expectations for Stage Craft really high. We were obliged to impress the crowds with sound quality, technology and design all at the same time. But when Lotus took us on a rather enjoyable trip to Florence for a demo of the KH5 system, it was clear we had the resources to satisfy both our client's needs and our own.’
Following the demo, a total of 15 KH5 loudspeakers and six KS5 subwoofers were specified and suspended on either side of the scoreboard, just in time for Beşiktaş JK Eagles to close out the 2015-2016 season victoriously.
‘The installation was a first time for everyone,’ concluded Mr Civicik. ‘Towering from two sides and distributing the sound from a single location to the entire stadium, the plan was a huge success. We are all very happy to have shared and accomplished this project with K-array and sincerely send our love and thanks to everyone involved.’