Decorative acoustic finish controls Stadium Acoustics
Stadium acoustics due to the sheer size of the acoustic installation require economical acoustic solutions. With more stadiums needing to host music concerts to increase revenue, the stadiums acoustics are fundamental to the success of these events.
When recently applying SonaSpray K-13 to a world famous film studios and visitor attraction, Oscar Acoustics were applying thousands of square meters a week. 50,000m2 has now been applied in the pre-coloured recycled acoustic decorative finish to control reverberation and reduce rain noise.
During 2000, following the repositioning of the main stage at the original Wembley Stadium, concert goers complained to the management about poor stadium acoustics spoiling their enjoyment of the concert.
After extensive tests by an acoustic consultant, is was found that sound was reflecting off a 1.5m high wall that ran the perimeter of the stadium above the lower tear of seating.
Oscar Acoustics were contacted to apply 12mm of SonaSpray fc acoustic decorative finish to the face of the wall to correct the stadium acoustics. The work was completed in just one week, causing minimum disruption to the tight entertainment schedule. During this time, stadium tours were able to continue.
At the following Bee Gee’s concert, it was clear to hear that SonaSpray had economically corrected the problem of reflected sound from the wall.
Home to the Seahawks and Mariners, the Seattle Kingdome also serves as a venue for major events. Shortly before a Mariners game, falling ceiling tiles forced the facility to be closed, leaving Seattle without a stadium. Project officials needed a versatile and effective replacement in a hurry.
The new ceiling had to provide superior stadium acoustics and lighting control, match a specific colour for visibility and create an attractive finish for the scalloped surface. Equally important, the installation had to be completed in less than twenty six days.
SonaSpray K-13 effectively met all the project requirements. A 50mm thick coat of specially matched colour K-13 was applied to control the deafening noise generated by fans, improve the lighting and aesthetics of the stadium and proved to be a highly effective noise reduction insulation.
Given the go-ahead on September 28th, work began on October 4th. This 400,000 square feet project was completed nineteen days later, a week ahead of schedule.
Superior stadium acoustic control, custom colours, reduced acoustic reverberation, ability to conform to any substrate configuration and an attractive, uniform texture made SonaSpray K-13 the best ceiling finish choice for the Kingdome.
Bournemouth International Centre
During the refurbishment of The Windsor Hall, improved stadium acoustics was a major requirement. The acoustic consultants specified SonaSpray K-13 acoustic decorative finish to be sprayed across the profiled steel soffit at 16mm thick and in black; the ceiling appears to be endless and invisible above the down lights.
Two Oscar Acoustics teams sprayed the complete area in a weekend, working off scissor lifts. This assisted the main contractor ‘Waring Contracts’ to complete the extensive project in budget and on time.
Acoustic consultants: Hoare Lea Acoustics
Other UK projects include:
- O2 Arena
- O2 Dome
- Royal Albert Hall
- Warner Bros. Film Studios & Harry Potter World - 50,000m2
- Ealing Film Studios
- Theatre Royal Plymouth
- Olympic Aquatic Centre
- Tate Modern
- Greenwich Royal Observatory
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SonaSpray K-13 can be tailored to meet your specific project acoustic need. There is a choice of finish, you may select texture and colour and acoustic performance. SonaSpray K-13 can be applied at variable thickness and variable areas to provide a designed acoustic ambience. It is spray applied to the full thickness in one application.
Stadium Acoustics article by D.Mack of Oscar Acoustics.