Art Ramos Studio a.l.c. (Minsk, Belarus) recently oversaw installation of the audio systems at the Chizhovka-Arena in Minsk. The arena, one of the largest sports facilities in Belarus, is a multipurpose complex for ice hockey, sports, leisure and entertainment, and the home ice of HC Yunost-Minsk.
Chizhovka-Arena is located in the southeastern part of Minsk, in a picturesque nook of a park named after the 900th anniversary of the city. The arena was built as the setting for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championship, which took place in Minsk in May 2014. In addition to the tens of thousands of fans that traveled to see the event live, the IIHF’s flagship event was televised to 115 countries and reached a TV audience of about one billion.
Designed by Marat Grodnikov, the arena resembles two drops of water flowing into each other. The modern design fits well into the landscape of the Chizhovka Water Reservoir. The site’s main building, an ice hockey arena also intended for concerts, basketball and other events, seats 10,000. The second building consists of a small ice hockey training arena with 500 seats and a multipurpose sports hall with 740 seats, which is used for basketball, handball, gymnastics and other sports. The sports hall is also frequently used by television companies for filming. The two buildings are connected by a junction with conference and press rooms, shops, restaurants and cafés.
The original building proposal was modified with a system design by Art Ramos Studio engineers, Alexey Sayganov and Alexandr Malets. The project was awarded by tender, complying with the obligatory procedure for all governmental purchases. Anton Streltsov, Deputy Director of Art Ramos Studio, commented, “Our proposal was chosen as it offered excellent value to the customer and met the requirements of the arena with a very modern approach.” The installation was handled by BelElectroMontazh, with supervision and support from Art Ramos Studio.
Throughout the complex the system uses two hundred and thirty-eight Community Distributed Design Series ceiling loudspeakers and four hundred and thirty-two Distributed Design Series surface-mount loudspeakers, supplied in a combination of black and white finishes. In addition, eight Community R.5HP three-way coaxial, 12-inch loudspeakers were used to cover the ice hockey rink in the main arena. All loudspeakers are part of the EVAC/fire alarm system, for which separate certification was made in Belarus.
The loudspeaker lines and loudspeakers are all controlled by QSC Q-SYS, which monitors for loudspeaker, cable and short circuit faults. Five separate Q-SYS systems are used to cover all areas of the complex, including the large arena seating, corridors, foyers, halls, cafés and restaurants, the small arena’s ice hockey area, the small arena’s sports hall, the small arena’s corridors, foyers and halls and the junction between the two arenas. The system includes a DiGiCo SD11 mixer, QSC amplifiers and Beyer Dynamic microphones.