Minsk Arena’s main space is an ice arena dedicated to hockey and skating which can also be converted to host other sports events, as well as concerts, conferences and forums. The facility recently completed a large-scale renovation which included a tour-grade audio system from L-Acoustics, installed by BelCultProject.
As a multifunctional venue, Minsk Arena hosts some of the most notable sports tournaments, including IIHF World Championship and SU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, as well as hosting concerts from musicians like Elton John, Sting and Shakira.
Known for its contemporary design, Minsk Arena also prides itself on implementing the latest technology, including being the first arena to install a cable roof system capable of withstanding loads of up to 120 tonnes, with special sensors monitoring cable tension 24/7.
The venue also features an eight-faced plasma screen video cube – the biggest in Europe. When it came time to update sound technology, the arena’s management mandated that the facility stay at the forefront, requiring a sound system that would significantly improve the audio quality and provide optimum coverage throughout the venue and across its diverse range of events.
“The key challenge was to ensure the system can be used for big sporting events, such as ice hockey and ice-skating championships, and then, with minimal effort, be transformed into a full-blown concert audio system,” explained Yuri Mihailovski, chief financial officer at BelCultProject.
“When choosing the audio brand, we never doubted that it should be L-Acoustics, as the company is a market leader when it comes to sound quality, control and tuning, with its K2 solution being ideal for bigger venues and large-scale events, such as those hosted at Minsk Arena."
Using Soundvision, L-Acoustics 3D acoustical modelling and loudspeaker system design software, the team designed a tender-winning system configuration that offers complete coverage throughout the hall and ensures every visitor gets the best sound experience, BelCultProject worked together with L-Acoustics application engineer, Sergey Becker, who travelled to Minsk especially for the installation and system configuration.
Apart from delivering and installing the L-Acoustics system, BelCultProject also developed a new winch-driven automated rigging system and aluminium structures at the Arena, as well as optimising the suspension points of the audio system.