Community infiltrates Winter Olympics

AUTHOR: Inavate

Community loudspeakers were used in various venues for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Speed Skating Oval in Richmond was the first Olympic venue to use Community’s Entasys three-way, full-range, weather resistant column line-array.

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports facility includes a hockey arena and various practice facilities. Here the installations include the Community R.5 full-range, all-weather systems.

One of the new venues of the 2010 Winter Games is The Trout Lake Ice Rink. Trout Lake is home of figure skating training sessions and after the Winter Games the rink will be used for community recreation. This venue uses Community iBOX iHP1596 two-way loudspeakers, providing the rink with a multi-purpose system.

The Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre at Hillcrest Park is one of the signature venues of the 2010 Winter Games and the home of competition curling events. After 2010, the venue will be converted to a legacy community facility for the residents of Vancouver, boasting a new community centre, ice rink, curling club, library, pre-school, field house and offices with a permanent system incorporating Community R1, Cloud6 and Cloud12 loudspeakers.

Another training rink is the Killarney Community Centre. Currently used for short track speed skating it will be converted after the Olympics for community recreation use. The installation at Killarny again uses Community iBOX IHP1596 loudspeakers for multi-purpose use.

Other official Olympic sites to use Community loudspeakers are the Richmond O Zone and the West Vancouver Spirit Square Community Centre. For 17 days, the Richmond O Zone becomes an official celebration site of the 2010 Winter Games and a key destination for an authentic Olympic Games experience. Covering more than 60 acres in the heart of Richmond City Centre the site will feature mammoth ice art, massive high-definition screens, outdoor ice skating, entertainment from the region and around the world, art, athletes, exhibits, food and fireworks. The Richmond O Zone sound systems were designed with Community R1, R.5 and R2 loudspeakers.

The West Vancouver Spirit Square also provides visitors a facility to watch the Games with a CTV Broadcast on big screens in a heated and covered Atrium, and an Olympic experience of events and entertainment. A combination of Community iBOX iHP1200 Series and Cloud12 loudspeakers provide the quality and level of audio for the enthusiastic Olympic fans.