Girardin Sports Centre chooses AtlasIED
Tuesday, 10 January 2023
centre-sportif-girardinThe Girardin Sports Centre in Drummondville, Quebec
Canada - The Girardin Sports Centre in Drummondville, Quebec, is the city’s first indoor multisport complex. Opened in 2021 at a cost of $21.7m, the centre is helping to alleviate a shortage in hockey facilities in the area for the city’s 68,000 residents. The centre’s project team chose AtlasIED’s systems to provide audio entertainment and communications for the nearly 5,000 weekly visitors.
The 73,000sq.ft facility needed an audio system to cover key spaces including the ice rink, indoor soccer field which is overhung by a 250m running track, and the 16 rooms including conference rooms, offices, and locker rooms in the complex. One challenge was controlling different music playlists for different zones of the facility with a range of acoustical qualities. The centre chose AtlasIED’s AtmosphereAudio Processing and Control Platform and IPX loudspeakers and endpoints to control and distribute audio throughout the building.
The centre uses the Atmosphere AZM8 to serve as the heart of its system. An eight-zone audio processor, the AZM8 includes learning ambient noise sensing, a built-in message player, and allows up to 16 plug-and-play accessories that can be connected across four accessory ports.
To ensure quality audio in the different zones within the facility, the team chose AtlasIED IPX Series displays with built-in loudspeakers, including the IP-DDS, which is an indoor, dual-sided display to show the time and scrolling messages, and IP-SDM indoor wall mount loudspeakers. All of these IPX Series endpoints are designed to live on an existing VoIP network and are Power over Ethernet (PoE+) capable, which allows each to be powered through the same Ethernet cable as the audio and metadata.
“The Girardin Centre is a large facility and there are multiple smaller rooms. The IP-based products from AtlasIED were ideal for our installation as they helped us avoid having to run separate cables to each of the loudspeakers and displays for power and a completely different type of cable in the facility,” says Daniel Bolduc, SONIMEC, Construction Project Manager.
In the 250-seat hockey rink, the team needed to account for the reverb and proximity of people to the reflective ice surface. The team installed both AtlasIED FS12T-94 loudspeakers and larger FS12T-99 loudspeakers to deliver richer, fuller audio.
The indoor soccer field presented an opposite acoustic challenge. Home of the Drummondville Dragons of the Quebec Elite Soccer League, the artificial turf field and the rubber infill used to cushion the field absorbs the sound. For that reason, the facility needs to play the music at higher levels than the hockey arena. The project team installed multiple FS12T-94 speakers in the soccer field to create the coverage it needed for both players and fans alike.
The facility also allows the teams and players using the soccer field and hockey rink to play their own music via their mobile devices. Both areas installed the Atmosphere Remote Bluetooth Audio Input, which allows designated members of a team to connect and play their music over the audio system.
The facility installed Atmosphere C-ZSV wall controllers throughout the various rooms and areas to give users control of the entire Atmosphere system from the various rooms throughout the facility.

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