Founded in 1826 in Easton, Pennsylvania, Lafayette College offers degree programs in the liberal arts and engineering to its 2400 full-time students. As a member of the intercollegiate Patriot League, Lafayette has an active sports and recreational program with modern facilities including Fisher Stadium, home of the Lafayette Leopards football team.
Fisher Stadium underwent a major renovation beginning in 2006 that included additional seating, synthetic turf, stadium lighting, a large press box and a 19’ x 35’ video display. The renovation included sound system upgrades but the upgraded system did not provide even coverage in the new seating areas and it had neighborhood spill issues. In addition, many spectators complained that the new subwoofers seemed overpowering.
Last year, Lafayette asked Communication Systems, Inc. (CSI) of Allentown, Pennsylvania to redesign the system to solve these problems. Wayne Becker of Communication Systems says that some of the existing loudspeakers, including the four Community R.5-94Ts covering the visitor seating, and a pair of Community WET loudspeakers on the press box, were simply reaimed to improve coverage. However, he added two new Community R2-94 loudspeakers on the press box to improve coverage in the home team bleachers and he disconnected the system’s subwoofers since the R2s provided excellent bass performance on their own. In addition, at the school’s request, Becker added four new Community R.5-94Ts on a lower wall facing the field for use during practice.
The new system includes coverage of the tailgating area outside the stadium and improvements in the private suites inside the press building. A Biamp Audia Flex with daVinci software provides touch-screen presets for “pregame” and “game” configurations along with zone level controls and DSP delay for the visitor seating loudspeakers. Existing amplifiers were reused to control costs.
Becker says the school is very pleased with their upgraded sound system. “Announcements are clear and intelligible,” he said. “We’ve solved the neighborhood spill problem. And, the coaches got 110dB on the 50 yard line to simulate crowd noise during practice!”