For over a decade, Minsk Arena has been the epicentre for all things sports and culture in the Belarus capital. The venue’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.
A truly 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 the world’s greatest musicians like Elton John, Sting, and Shakira. In September this year, the facility completed a large-scale renovation which included a tour-grade audio system from L-Acoustics, installed by BelCultProject.
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,” explains Yuri Mihailovski, Chief Financial Officer at BelCultProject.
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.
The final system consists of eight K2 hangs positioned just above the video cube and pointing towards left and right sections of the tribunes across four main sectors of the Arena – A, B, C, D – with each sector having its own separate entrance. A and B sectors are covered with four nine-cabinet K2 arrays, with a further four hangs of seven K2 deployed for tribunes C-D . For ice hockey and basketball games a retractable structure is added underneath the screens, with two hangs of three A15 Focus facing the opposite ends of the Arena (C-D) as well as four A15 Wide hung in the middle and facing the playing surface.
Minsk Arena’s new sound system is already in use and, most recently, the Belarusian national ice hockey team kicked off their training camp there.