Sofia stadium covered with Community

AUTHOR: Inavate

ProAudio, a Burgas, Bulgaria-based audio specialist, has recently completed the design and installation of audio systems for the new Bulgarian National Sports Arena in Sofia. Bulgaria’s Arena Sofia is a multi-discipline indoor sports venue that was designed to also host music concerts.

Located near the Pliska Hotel, east of the city centre, Arena Sofia has a 12,000+ capacity, is 16,000m² and is built on five levels, one of which is underground. In addition to the main sports hall, the venue incorporates dressing rooms, training area, fitness centre, spa centre, restaurant, a press conference hall and underground parking for nearly 1,000 cars.

The training area is already in operation and the first major sport event was a volleyball tournament between the national teams of Bulgaria and Serbia. Arena Sofia will host its first concert in October, with Jean Michel Jarre.

Construction of Arena Sofia was awarded to Bulgarian construction company Glavbolgarstroy AD, who appointed ProAudio to complete the audio requirements of the venue.

ProAudio designed the system for the main hall of Arena Sofia based on Community R2, 12-inch, three-way full-range loudspeakers. A total of twenty-four R2-694Z, twelve R2-474Z and four R2-77Z provide coverage for the audience and participant areas. These are supplemented by twelve twin 15-inch, 3,000W program Community i215LVS subs, which dramatically extend the low frequency power and impact of the system.

The Community loudspeakers are driven by Powersoft M50Q amplifiers and mixing and DSP is handled by a TOA D-2000. The system also incorporates a D-2012C remote console and two D-2008SP digital mixing processor units with 32-in and 32-out configuration. CobraNet interface modules are also used. The microphones are TOA wireless, with power antenna distributor, and Audio-Technica PRO 45’s for hall ambience.

ProAudio Ltd also designed and installed the public address systems throughout the venue, including a separate VA system based on the TOA VM-3000. Two Griven Sky Rose HMI 2500 MkII DMX wide angle multi-beam sky projectors are mounted on top of the building and are visible from up to 10km.