RCF Arena opens with Ligabue concert
Monday, 13 June 2022
rcfThe RCF Arena has a capacity in excess of 100,000
Italy - The RCF Arena, billed as the largest outdoor music venue in Europe is equipped with a total of 410 high-end loudspeakers and approximately two megawatts of sound power.
The inauguration of the arena took place with a concert-event that celebrated Ligabue's 30-year career. In 2015, the Italian rock artist set a European record with 150,000 paying admissions for a single artist, already amplified by an RCF audio system. The space, covered mainly by grass, includes all the services and amenities for event production, including a proper lawn slope of 5% and a "guitar pick" configuration divided into five main areas to ensure optimal visibility and acoustics.
The stage is located in the lowest part of the Arena in a central position with a viewing angle of 110° - an optimal value for the audience to fully enjoy any event. The venue is centrally located, with airports nearby, a high-speed train station - connecting Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Naples, and has a large parking area.
“RCF was born in 1949 in Reggio Emilia. From our Emilian town we have brought the excellence of Italian sound to an international level and today we are among the major players in the market,” states Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF Group. “Giving our name to RCF Arena is a source of pride for us, but also a mission, and a commitment. We have a strong bond with this region and we intend to take care of it in the best possible way. With the completion of this wonderful project, we bring innovation, technology, and our sound to our home in Reggio Emilia. It is a prestigious signature that does not hide RCF's devotion in the continuous search for sound quality in this new Music Valley.”
“RCF Arena is equipped with the most modern technologies for the best concert performance,” comments Emanuele Morlini, RCF system designer assisted by Lucio Boiardi Serri (system engineer, RCF) and Fabio Capello (system assistant, RCF). “The RCF TT+ audio system, part of the flagship line of large RCF systems for live events, consists of a main system at the sides of the stage, with four line arrays covering the front and a further 10 systems distributed on permanent metal towers (delay towers), which can also be used as supports for video and lighting equipment.
“The sound system is designed for the best sound coverage to each seat, no matter the distance from the stage. At the same time, the orientation of the system is optimized to ensure the lowest noise impact towards the inhabited areas of the city.”
On this occasion, RCF deployed a new TT+ line array called GTX, a new audio system with innovative features, distributed over 4 main arrays on the sides of the stage. Reinforcement for low frequencies comprises two arrays of suspended double 15" modules and a sub-frequency reinforcement system on the ground consisting of TTS 56-A double 21" subwoofers.
Along with the massive GTX, additional 10 line arrays consisting of TTL 55-A modules are installed on towers. The GTX 12 line array and the GTX 15S low-range extension are part of the RCF line of TT + ultra-high performance audio systems and have been designed for the debut of RCF Arena.
"We have been using RCF TT+ systems with Ligabue for many years, overcoming many acoustic challenges,” comments Alberto Butturini, sound engineer for Ligabue. “It was a pleasure to mix with the GTX. It's an audio system that will be heard for many years and will take RCF one step further in the concert sound industry. I was impressed with the quality of the high range and mid-bass. A superlinear and never-tiring audio system with excellent efficiency across the entire sound spectrum.”
The complete and definitive system will be part of a new range of loudspeakers that will be presented in 2023 and fully compatible with the RCF RDNet digital platform for remote control and monitoring.
“RCF audio systems have amplified the music of national and international artists in every corner of the globe,” continues Vicari. “RCF sound is the intelligence and reliability of a company made up of passionate people. We just turned 70, and we still have a great desire to play and perform. Welcome to the RCF Arena!”

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