ASA 128th Meeting - Austin, Texas - 1994 Nov 28 .. Dec 02

2pAA2. Popular music performance and acoustics in spaces designed primarily as sports halls.

Jack Wrightson

WJHW, Inc., 13714 Gamma Rd., Ste. 110, Dallas, TX 75244

Large indoor sports arenas have always served a secondary function as venues for other types of entertainment and as gathering spaces. The reasons include available capacity to serve large crowds, proximity to dense population centers, and the economic needs of the facilities themselves, which cannot afford to operate as a single-season sport franchise. The rise in popularity of the touring ``rock acts'' is examined, as well as other types of musical presentations, and some of the acoustical planning considerations needed to reasonably successfully accommodate the diverse acoustical needs of various types of entertainment in these halls are discussed. Examples and lessons from recent work will be presented.