The newly constructed and winter sports-favouring Bemidji Regional Events Center (BREC) features an audio system based around Community Professional’s iBOX Series.
Opened in late 2010, the 185,000 sqft multi-purpose facility features an exhibition space and an area that can seat 4,700 for ice hockey, but up to 6,000 for concert events.
The Community system in the arena was specified by John Miller, consultant for Austin-based BAi LLC.
Ben Stowe, president of Bemidji-headquartered installer NLfx Professional, commented: “We had previously installed Community at BSU’s gymnasium and football field [nearby] and we were really pleased with the results, so it was great to be able to put it in the home of BSU hockey.
“Minnesotans take their hockey pretty seriously, and when you have a team with the tradition and pedigree that BSU does you can count on especially ardent fans. The games are well-attended and the arena can get VERY loud, so the system has to be capable of some high SPL while maintaining clarity and intelligibility.”
The convention centre audio system is linked to the arena’s sound system via CobraNet utilising QSC’s BASIS system. QSC amplification drives the system.
“Community iBOX is exceptional for many applications, and sports facilities are at the top of my list,” said Stowe. “The nice thing about the iBOX is that all of the boxes were the same size and shape, regardless of how they were loaded and purposed. That allows for a clean, streamlined appearance throughout the project. It also made installation fast because all of the rigging materials were consistent, so the guys never had to worry about what parts they had in the lifts.”