Puskás Arena Audio System Performance
As it is wildly known, Puskás Arena recently hosted the UEFA EURO 2020 football European Championship. As all the matches were played with full house, the sound system installed by INTERTON Group had a challenging task. We asked Mr Zsolt Kiss, the technical project manager of Puskás Arena, how the system worked at the event.
“Among the numerous premises of the UEFA EURO 2020 Football Championship, the Puskas Arena was the only one where the matches were allowed to be played by using 100% of its capacity. 50-55 thousand fans filled the football stands. Altogether more than 200 thousand people left the premises with life-long experience.
This event was also a life-long experience to me and I hope that to all of the contributing colleagues, since we organised the event as operators with the help of one of the biggest sound systems of the world.
The QSC Q-Sys system, which covers all the audio systems in Puskas Arena, provided a perfect chance for user level control and supervision. It had – and in future events it will have – a major part in the amplification of the premises of the whole complex. The essential condition of noted events like this is the high-level professional supervision. The team of engineers from INTERTON Group, who designed and implemented the system, worked perfectly by using Q-Sys Designer. During the matches, the most prominent place of Puskas Arena is the football stand, where thousands of fans support their favourite team. Sometimes, they do so quietly, but most of the time, they are rather loud. Have you heard a 50 000 strong choir singing the national anthem? If not, I bet you can imagine what it could be like … but even then, the background music was still audible … Or after the score by Fiola, 50 000 spectators were cheering, but the goal song and the commentary could clearly be heard. The 338 Vi8 devices passed with flying colours, the name and fame of d&b audiotechnik was not damaged. What is more, even the quick-eared could hear (and I could also see) the systems, while the equipment worked with 80-85% of its capacity. With the help of R1 software we could supervise the behaviour of the system perfectly, from the in and out gains to the temperature of the amplifiers, which is an important component of the supervisory network. Besides monitoring, not only the mute/standby state could be controlled, but also for instance the setting suitable for the given humidity could be recalled from the pre-saved pre-sets.
To put it in one sentence: The sound system of Puskas Arena was worthy of organising EURO 2020 in Budapest, and I daresay any other venue can be envious of it.
I am most proud that I can work with this system and I can supervise it, I am overjoyed that I could meet and work with colleagues who designed and created this system.”
We express our gratitude to Mr Zsolt Kiss for sharing his experience with us and we wish him numerous successful events.