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Nexo tilts into place at Mohammed V Sports Complex

Nexo tilts into place at Mohammed V Sports Complex

Nexo tilts into place at Mohammed V Sports Complex


Casablanca’s Mohammed V Sports Complex has reopened following extensive renovations that have included a complete overhaul of its PA/VA facilities. A NEXO GEO S12 sound system has been installed by ENCOM, with the integrator battling a tight schedule to complete the project in just two months.

The 67,000-capacity stadium is home to Casablanca’s two football clubs, Wydad and Raja, as well as hosting the Moroccan national team’s games. NEXO and Encom have already delivered two successful stadium installations in the country, in Agadir and Marrakech.

The primary design for the new audio system was completed by French acoustic consultancy Tisseyre&Associés. To realise the design in NEXO’s NS-1 prediction and modelling software, Encom’s general manager Rachid Mediouni turned to the French manufacturer’s Engineering Support division. 

Senior NEXO project designer Carole Marsaud recalls that the turnaround between winning the tender in May and completing the installation by the end of July was one of the shortest in the experience of NEXO’s specialist ES Division. Her brief was also unusual in that the Stade Mohammed V is largely an open stadium. Only a small percentage of the stands are covered by a roof. 

‘Without a structure, it was a challenge,’ explained Marsaud. ‘We had to be more creative, although we were under a lot of time pressure. The solution turned out to be simple. We did something we’ve never done before – according to an innovative concept from Tisseyre, we tilted the clusters horizontally to an angle that matched the slope of the stands. By doing that, the clusters became perpendicular to the audience area, which is the only way to properly cover the top rows in the middle of each stand.’

Carole Marsaud
Carole Marsaud

Other considerations included problems arising from a very high level of crowd noise. The NEXO system needs to deliver at 101dBA in order to be heard over the rival fans sitting in opposite stands.

The new system is built around NEXO’s GEO S12 line array loudspeaker and GEO S12-ST variant, with more than 70 GEO S12 cabinets deployed. The system is powered by NXAMP4x4 controller/amplifiers distributed among four amp room locations. The installation takes advantage of fibre optic cabling, with a Dante network in place and a Yamaha digital console for control.

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