Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 13, 2014)—Before “the Macarena” was the bane of wedding attendees everywhere, it was the name of Brazil’s iconic Maracana stadium, originally built in 1950 for that year’s World Cup. The more things change, the more they stay the same, so the facility is part of this year’s World Cup festivities as well, and will host a number of matches, including the final on July 13. For each match, the audio will be managed by the venue’s Allen & Heath GLD digital mixer.
Located in Rio de Janeiro, Maracana was closed for a 3-year major renovation, reopening last year with a GLD-80 mixer at the heart of an Electro-Voice sound system. Fitted with a Dante network card, the mixer controls audio distribution around the entire stadium through fiber optic cables.
“The main reason we chose GLD was because of Allen & Heath’s fantastic sound quality, reliability and ease of use,” explains Augusto Bergamim, sound manager and system programmer at the Maracana.
The stadium will host four group games and next round games, a quarter final game, and the final.
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