Stadiums are constantly struggling to deliver a first-rate fan experience. For Air Canada Centre, it’s a different story.
Opening its doors to fans in 1999, Air Canada Centre is the home of the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Rock and serves as one of the top ten venues in the world. Every year, millions of patrons attend adrenaline-pumping events that are unmatched by many in professional sports and entertainment– an accolade that could not have been achieved without the help of Klipsch.
In 2012, it was decided Air Canada Centre could provide a better audio experience for its customers. That’s when a handful of audio experts from Gentec International, the Klipsch distributor and leading audio provider in Canada, were summoned to tackle this assignment.
The 20-day installation project retrofitted the entire Air Canada Centre, excluding only the stadium’s bowl. From its concourses to platinum suites, Klipsch’s professional speakers, soundbars and subwoofers decorated what seemed to be every inch of the facility. Prior to tipoff of the 2013-2014 Toronto Raptors season, the final speaker was installed – and the result was memorable.
"The improvement in fidelity and coverage was immediate" said Courtney Ross, senior audio engineer and supervisor of venue technology operators at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd.
The installation included:
- Over 1,000 Klipsch speakers total
- 28 Klipsch soundbars in platinum suites
- Klipsch CA-800-T speakers throughout the concourse and arena exterior
- Klipsch CA-525T speakers throughout the concourse, concourse bars, arena exterior and training facility
- Klipsch IC-650-T speakers installed in locker rooms, premium suites and restaurants
- A Klipsch KI-115 subwoofer prominently displayed in the venue’s Crown Corner
“Because of the Klipsch team’s support and exceptional speakers, Air Canada Centre has never sounded better,” said Jeff Deline, vice president of global partnerships at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd.
Toronto has proven to be a meaningful location for Klipsch. Shortly after the Air Canada Centre installation, Klipsch was named the official headphone and commercial speaker sponsor of the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Live Nation Canada. With additional projects in the works, it is clear Toronto has welcomed Klipsch into their city with open arms.
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