Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, home to the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams and volleyball program, has seen many upgrades over the last several years. A new videoboard and upgraded digital signage added to the fan experience, though something was still missing to complete the entire AV solution—the experience of high-performance sound.
To find a solution that delivered cutting-edge results and elevated the arena’s capabilities, UConn turned to HB Communications, its preferred visual communications company for more than a decade. In August of 2016, HB Communications was contacted to complete the Gampel PA system project and partnered with Ambient Sound to complete the installation and related infrastructure.
The previous sound system had one fundamental problem—no one could understand what was said. The primary function of a PA solution is to provide not only excellent atmospheric sound but also enable clear communication across the entirety of the arena, from the VIP boxes to the playing surface.
To deliver the desired intelligibility, coverage, and performance from Gampel’s new system, HB Communications and Ambient Sound developed a solution using innovative ShowMatch array loudspeakers. The resulting solution exceeded expectations offering DeltaQ Array Technology, class-leading array versatility and coverage, and replaceable waveguides to ensure the team could meet the unique needs of an arena like Gampel.
As the UConn athletic teams that share Gampel Pavilion continue to strive for excellence, Kaplan and the rest of the university’s team said the Bose ShowMatch solution would provide an unmatched fan experience equivalent to the performance of the product on the court.
Pregoni also highlighted the ShowMatch system’s waveguide technology, adding that it helped his team achieve “nice, even coverage from the very last row down to the floor.” The arena now can put on what Kaplan labeled a “full production,” supplementing contests with DJs, superior AV capabilities and more.
"After looking at a lot of different sound systems out there, we felt the ShowMatch system by Bose had the most flexibility and versatility for our arena. Now, people come to see not only the game but what we’re going to do inside the arena. The Bose system allows us to give them a special show that they couldn’t get at home. We want to make sure our production value is as good as our games."