Davis, CA

Project: Aggie Stadium, Davis, CA
Description: NCAA Stadium
Team Affiliate: UC Davis
Size/Sq Ft: Medium/37,000 SqFt
Seating capacity: 12,000
Completed: 2007
Scope: Audio, Broadcast, MATV
Project Manager: Demetrius Palavos
Superintendent: Todd Garret


The Aggie stadium at UC Davis was a multi phase award and construction project. This multi phase approach was selected to allow the construction and engineering on the base audio and broadcast systems to begin while the architectural team completed the details of design. This approach allowed us to work closely with the construction team and designers to provide financial impact vs. performance. One of the design solutions developed from this approach was to increase the size and capacity of the television truck dock, allowing the facility to bring in a portable video production truck for in-house and video screen production. This change allowed them to operate the facility without having to build an expensive video replay control room. 

Input signal from microphones on the field to audio playback from video replay are transmitted on multi conductor analog audio cable being mixed by an Allen & Heath mixing console. Audio signals are distributed and controlled throughout the facility utilizing a proprietary parallel network distributing control and audio to 5 BSS Green DSP engines. 

The main bowl sound system design is based on a point source located within the end zone scoreboard, consisting of 12 JBL weatherized loudspeakers covering the main bowl seating, which are powered by 14 Crown CTs amplifiers. The back of house spaces, such as writing press, concourses, restrooms, etc., consist of various loudspeakers from JBL and Atlas Sound and are all powered by 10 Crown CTs amplifiers. 

Broadcast cabling point to point transmission consisted of 180,000 feet of various triax, video, mutli-pair audio, single mode fiber and UTP cabling. The broadcast cabling system connects various points throughout the stadium campus, such as camera locations, television truck dock, Electronic News Gathering area (ENG), video replay and radio booths. 

MATV signals are derived from campus cable and modulated video from the portable production truck. These RF signals are converted to optical and transmitted to the Electronic News Gathering area and telecom closets utilizing FoxCOM technology. In each telecom closet, the FoxCOM receivers convert optical signals back to RF, allowing the signals to be distributed to TV drops located in that area of the facility. The MATV system also includes a sub-band return path to the scoreboard control room and television truck dock.




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