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  • Client

    Multiplex, Department of Sport & Recreation (WA) & VenuesLive
  • Project Name

    Optus Stadium
  • Project Start Date

    August 2016
  • Project End Date

    January 2018

Located on the Burswood Peninsula, Optus Stadium is a world-class, multi-purpose facility that aims to deliver a ‘fans-first’ experience for major sporting and cultural events in Western Australia.

The $1.6 billion venue, with a seating capacity of 60,000, is the third largest in Australia. Its capabilities, including premium AV technology, have catapulted Perth into one of Australia’s leading sport and entertainment centres.

Rutledge AV was engaged by Multiplex to undertake the design, supply and installation of cutting-edge audio, visual and control systems across the Stadium – comprised of several sub-systems within the complex AV environment. The stadium houses team and coaching facilities, complete media and broadcasting infrastructures, premium patron areas (including private suites, bars and dining amenities) and large function and conference rooms.

The scope of works involved the system design and execution of backbone cabling for broadcast facilities, the vast public address systems, sports team facilities and general AV required for the ultimate visitor experience. When it came to the design, Rutledge AV balanced the extensive audio visual requirements with the striking stadium architecture and carefully designed the technology to fit seamlessly across the remarkable aesthetics of the building.

A significant component of the project was the public address systems for the main bowl and general areas (of which there are over 1,500 speakers in the general PA system alone). The main bowl PA took very careful technical and structural consideration. Achieving set standards for speech transmission (STi) and sound pressure (SPL), as well as high-fidelity sound and even coverage across the Stadium was key. Using EASE modelling the Nexo GEO S12 system was chosen with 18 line arrays installed around the bowl – suspended from the tip of the 45-metre high stadium roof.

Rutledge AV designed and manufactured a savvy custom mobile dolly that is housed on the roof – allowing line arrays to be lowered down for maintenance. The PA system operates over a combined Dante and QLAN network and is controlled and monitored via a custom-interfaced Q-Sys system.

With a full roster of AFL, cricket, rugby (league and union) and soccer matches, the Stadium’s broadcasting capabilities are fundamental. The backbone cabling integrates the in-house AV production facilities, as well as the OB compound; main control room; live-to-air and studio camera operations; and radio frequencies for microphones and communications technology. To future-proof the broadcast facilities a fibre infrastructure was incorporated – operating across expansive cabling distances and supporting high-bandwidth broadcasting.

The premium sports team facilities needed robust audio and video links between the coaches’ briefing rooms; home and away coaches’ boxes and team warm-up rooms – powered by Crestron and geared for operational success on mission-critical ‘game-days’.

The fitout also included AV across public and corporate entertainment spaces including the combinable River View Function Rooms and over 100 private suites, equipped with display and audio systems, and controlled via highly-intuitive, wireless Crestron platforms. The River View rooms were built with complete flexibility in mind for private events and conferences of all kinds (with extra video and audio inputs and cabling provisions for system expansion, if required).

Photography by Peter Bennetts Studio

The sheer scale and complexity of the system requirements for Optus Stadium are a triumph in AV design and integration itself. But what takes this project above-and-beyond the ordinary was Rutledge AV’s forward-thinking approach and the value it placed in the Stadium’s key objective to provide the best in fan experiences.

Photos courtesy of Peter Bennetts Studio

 

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