The best sounding stadium in Europe
Whilst a new stadium sound system is a big project, Derby County isn’t a story of huge sums of money and an extended timescale. The system was designed and installed within a few weeks to a reasonable budget.
This was achieved by using a combination of canny purchasing, sensible use of in-house teams and existing contractors, backed by first-rate support and advice from the team at RH Consulting. The result is unquestionably the best sounding stadium in Europe. The primary purpose is of course to deliver crystal clear speech in the event of an emergency. With the raft of rule changes post-Hillsborough, safe evacuation of the public is paramount.
The club is assured that everyone can hear good quality audio, but underneath the high quality speech is a powerful monster capable of delivering concert quality sound.
This improvement adds to the enjoyment of fans. No more tinny announcements and lame sounding jingles. It also opens the ground up for a whole variety of public uses that demand great sound. It has been designed to offer flexibility for many types of event.
The local newspaper reported that the system is the loudest in the country. This may be true but that is simply because it is the only one that complies to the letter of FIFA standards - not bad for a Championship club.
We were appointed as the consultants for the project and we worked closely with the club to deliver this great result.