For the match against Hamburger SV on Saturday, 12th April 2014, almost all new loudspeakers and amplifiers were in use for the first time.
The project was launched in the summer of 2013, together with the world-renowned and Hanover-based loudspeaker manufacturer Kling & Freitag. Following an intensive planning phase, the first sound systems were exchanged in November on the east stand of the HDI Arena. Over the next months, all other loudspeakers and amplifiers in the 49,000-seat home stadium of Hanover were gradually replaced. The upgrade means the step up from a pure voice system that was primarily designed for making security announcements to a quality event sound system with optimised music quality and speech intelligibility.
“The result is really worth listening to and will certainly be loved by the Hannover 96 fans.” says Christian Martin, Technical Director of the HDI Arena, who was responsible for the project at Hannover 96. “With the upgrade, we very much hope that we can contribute to making the atmosphere during our home games, which is already great, that bit better. Our special thanks go to the colleagues at Kling & Freitag for the very good, trustworthy and highly professional collaboration.”
The Hanover manufacturer provided a total of 43 K&F SEQUENZA 10 systems for the lower tier, as well as 74 K&F SEQUENZA 5 systems for the upper tier. The modern line array elements – which were actually designed for live concerts – were slightly modified for continuous operation at the stadium. Kling & Freitag products have been part of the premium segment with the highest quality standards since even before EXPO 2000 and the Bregenz Festival. “We are particularly pleased with the smooth progress in implementing the sound concept, which was mainly distinguished through the high degree of cooperation and perfect interaction of all those involved.” said Lars Heinrich, Sales & Marketing Manager at Kling & Freitag.