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Solutions: Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev A national treasure


As co-host nation of next month’s UEFA European Football Championship, Ukraine is looking forward to welcoming large numbers of visitors. Paddy Baker visited the country’s national stadium to see how it is gearing up for the event

The 70,050-capacity stadium will host the final of the Euro 2012 championship, as well as a quarter-final and half the Group D fixtures


t’s not just a stadium, it’s also part of our history,” says the young guide at the start of our tour around the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev. Some of that history is reflected in the various names that the venue has been given over the years. For most of its lifetime it was known as the Republican Stadium; however, it was opened in 1923 as the Red Stadium of Trotsky, and other names have included the Republican Stadium of Khrushchev (prior to becoming Soviet premier, Khrushchev governed Ukraine for a decade), the All-Ukrainian Stadium and the Central Stadium. Following Ukrainian independence at the start of the 1990s, national status was conferred on the stadium in 1996, and it was became the Olympic National Sports Complex. In 2008, a major reconstruction began, to prepare it for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship; this included the demolition and reconstruction of the lower tier, the creation of a completely new west stand with luxury boxes, and the installation of a new roof. The 70,050-capacity venue is now the country’s largest sports complex – it has facilities for several sports, including an athletics track – and is the second-largest

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stadium in Eastern Europe. It also features the largest pair of LED screens in the country – each more than 103sqm and weighing 9.5 tons. There’s also a total length of more than 250m of LED screens by the touchline. The Olimpiyskiy will host half of the Group D matches in Euro 2012 – Sweden will play England, France and Ukraine here – followed by a quarter- final and the final. But it’s not only football that is bringing the stadium to the world’s attention; it is also drawing internationally renowned music acts. The stadium was inaugurated in October 2011 by a performance by Shakira, while performers scheduled for later this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and Kasabian. Equipment-wise, the Olimpiyskiy stadium is an impressive showcase for Bosch-owned brands. There is Electro- Voice audio networking, amplification and loudspeakers, a Praesideo fire safety system, Bosch conferencing equipment and a Bosch CCTV system. As Maksym Stoyko, Ukraine sales manager for Bosch Security Systems, points out: “In Ukraine, Bosch is unique – we have the combination of video surveillance, intrusion, access control, public address and fire systems.”

The tender for supplying and installing the audio systems was won by Sound House Pro, an audio distribution and installation company based in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk and headed by Andrey Garkaviy. Conversations with the architects took a familiar line. “The architect and the designers wanted first that the sound system would not be visible; second, there should be no big

About the

installer . Sound House Pro was founded by Andrey Garkaviy in 2001 and is based in Dnipropetrovsk in southern Ukraine – the country’s fourth-largest city

. The company’s major business is distribution – it handles Electro-Voice and other brands in audio, cabling and trussing, and is looking for a major lighting brand to add to its portfolio

. IEinterviewed Andrey Garkaviy last month:

speakers, no line arrays, and they should not weigh a single gram! The sound should be everywhere, all by itself,” says Garkaviy with a wry smile. This was a difficult conversation for Sound House Pro, made more so because, while the tender document had specified Electro-Voice XLC line arrays for the stadium bowl, it soon became apparent that the roof structure could not support the necessary weight.


Audio . Electro-Voice EVH 1152 two-way coaxial horn- loaded speakers . Electro-Voice Xi-2122MHA dual 12in two-way long-throw cabinets . Electro-Voice EVF-1181 18in subwoofers . Electro-Voice EVID 6.2T surface mount speakers . Electro-Voice NetMax N8000 system controllers . Electro-Voice CPS4.5 power amplifiers (4 channels, 500W) . Electro-Voice CPS4.10 power amplifiers (4 channels, 1,000W) . Bosch Praesideo life safety system . Klotz ais LSB2160P and LSB4160P shielded cabling . Bosch conferencing system . Midas Venice F24 mixing console . Klark Teknik DN100 DI boxes

Video . Bosch IP-based CCTV system . Bosch Extreme series cameras

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