Situated in the centre of Dublin city, the 82,300 capacity Croke Park stadium recently undertook a major upgrade to its sound, communications and voice evacuation systems, courtesy of locally based A-V integrator, Mongey Communications.

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Photo above: 82,300 capacity Croke Park stadium, Dublin, freshly equipped with an integrated HARMAN PAVA stadium sound system

Known as the home of those fast-moving and much loved Gaelic games (primarily Hurling and Gaelic football), and accustomed to hosting a wide range of complementary events — including rock concerts and conferences — Croke Park’s audio technology has to operate flawlessly seven days a week. However, the existing systems had become outdated, requiring constant maintenance and lacking the necessary flexibility.

Based in Co. Kildare, Mongey Communications have a long term relationship with the client and operate an existing maintenance contract. “Because of the age of the old system and the inevitable support issues this created, we were making so many service calls that our strong recommendation was to replace it outright,” recalls David Mongey. “ And Alan Gallagher, Head of Stadium Operations at Croke Park simply said ‘What do we need to do?’”

After considering their options, the integrators, in consultation with Gallagher, chose an integrated HARMAN stadium solution combining JBL, Crown and BSS Audio components, supplied by UK and Ireland distributors, Sound Technology Ltd; this met all the requirements laid down by acoustics consultants, Vanguardia.