Just 36 days earlier, Danley Sound Labs commissioned 24 J7-95 Danley loudspeakers and 12 BC218 subwoofers in the stadium’s lower bowl seating area. This new installation replaced the all Danley system in the lower bowl and compliments the existing all Danley system in the upper bowl and in use for the stadium’s on-field sound needs. In addition, the sound system for the Walk of Champions at the north end of the stadium was also upgraded. As the team enters 2 hours prior to the game, they’re treated with the sound of a J7-95 loudspeaker and 2 BC215 subwoofers.
Over the past 3 years, the University of Alabama’s athletic department has spent over $100 million in renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium. While stadium upgrades are a constant in college football, these renovations were substantial. These upgrades included replacing the existing video boards with larger screens, a new elevator bank on the west side of the stadium, reconfiguration of the Alabama locker room, expansion of the recruiting room and an additional 10,000-square foot social area. The press box was also relocated to the east side of the stadium and replaced with new luxury suites. The new lower bowl sound system has also been added, but Bryant-Denny’s relationship with Danley Sound Labs has been longstanding.
“15 years ago, we were using a portable rig for field coverage,” said Harold Sexton, customer relations manager of sports for Danley Sound Labs and former director of athletic event technology at the University of Alabama. “I was at Alabama at the time, and we were moving these portable rigs out for the team’s during pre-game. We couldn’t get the rigs out in time for pre-game which was always a problem. A friend had recommended Danley following an installation of a Danley system in their church, and we scheduled a demo. During the demo, they brought just one box and it covered the whole playing surface – only 3dB down on the opposite field’s endzone. It blew my mind – that’s when I fell in love with Danley,” said Sexton.
Since that initial on-field coverage system was installed – comprised of a single Danley GH60 loudspeaker paired with a TH212 subwoofer – the University’s sound needs continued to grow.
“In the initial full install back in 2014, time was of the essence,” said Mike Hedden, chief steward in charge at Danley Sound Labs. “There was a short time window to complete the installation and we were actively working on building speakers for another major install at Churchill Downs – home of the Kentucky Derby.”
Partially because Danley builds all of their loudspeakers and subwoofers in the United States, they were able to meet both deadlines simultaneously – producing 400 to 500 loudspeakers in just four weeks.