York, PA - As anyone who’s ever attended a minor league baseball stadium will tell you, it’s not just a smaller version of the big leagues. Sure, baseball is still the underlying premise, and the game is every bit as exciting, if not more so. But minor league games are all about family fun and entertainment, an affordable day at the park where baseball is only a part of the overall experience.
“The crowd that attends a minor league game is there for more than just baseball,” observes Gene Pelland, Vice President of Clair Brothers Systems in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Clair Brothers Systems has been the force behind a number of new ballpark audio systems, including the recently completed Sovereign Bank Stadium in nearby York, PA. “There are typically pre- and post-game promotions, field hosts who entertain the crowds, music, fireworks and lots of other activities. The kids have a large play area just beyond center field, complete with a carousel and a big inflatable slide. It’s fair to say that the sound system is at least as critical, if not more so, than at a major league game.”
Audio for the 5200-seat stadium, home to the Mid-Atlantic Conference York Revolution, was provided by Clair Brothers Systems, who recently designed the system for cross town rivals the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Clipper Magazine Stadium. Both teams are owned by the Keystone Professional Baseball organization, and it was the sound system in the Barnstormers’ park that prompted the team’s owners to bring in Clair Brothers Systems again. “The owners were quite pleased with the sound at the Lancaster facility, and they wanted a system that would perform as well and sound just as good,” says Pelland.
The main stadium system employs a cross-section of Community WET Series II loudspeakers, including the W2-2W8, a two-way system with dual 8-inch drivers, and the W2-112 12-inch subwoofer. The WET Series II is a popular solution for outdoor installations, with an all-weather design featuring fiberglass composite enclosures and weather-inert driver diaphragms. I/O8 full-range two-way systems positioned around the perimeter of the seating area complement the WET cabinets.
Aside from the main seating area, the sound system needed to address a number of other areas in the park. “We paid a lot of attention to the main seating area, of course, but there’s also a lot going on elsewhere,” says Pelland. “There’s typically several thousand people sitting in the outfield lawn area and in the kids’ play areas. The WET Series are one of the few loudspeakers that can achieve full coverage over such a large area, as well as standing up to the harsh Pennsylvania winter.”
The stadium’s entrance at home plate features Brooks Robinson Plaza, a tribute to the home town hero with a statue and information on his 23-year career, with audio provided by Community Cloud Series high performance ceiling speakers.
Plans are to have the park running year-round, bringing a wide range of concerts and special events to York. Ramps are being constructed for winter use, when local kids will be encouraged to bring sleds and tubes and play in the snow. For the community of York, the new Sovereign Bank Stadium is truly a welcome addition to their city.