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No Yellow Card For World Cup Audio

FOH Staff • News • June 20, 2006

NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA– The 18th FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Assocation) World Cup got underway at the 66,000-seat Allianz Arena Stadium in Munich, Germany with a colorful, imaginative opening ceremony. Sirius Showequipment, with supporting equipment and crew from regional VerTec system owner Crystal Sound, was required to pre-stage the entire portable sound system, and craft a logistics and technical plan that would move the entire sound reinforcement system onto and away from the arena field while preserving critical competition playing greens. "We relied on a total of 13 mobile carts, each fitted with four VT4889 line array elements," noted Wolfgang "Schabbach" Neumann, audio crew chief for the event, which included 12 technicians plus supporting stagehands. "A compact rack with Crown MA-5002VZ amplifiers was coupled to each cart-based array."

System engineers for the World Cup Opening Ceremony were Klaus "Bob" Bolender and Christian Kimmig; Holger Munz handled the foldback monitor systems, with Patrick Eckerlin responsible for front-of-house mixing duties.

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