Benedictine University

Background: 

Benedictine University was founded originally in Chicago in 1887, though has been situated on its present 108-acre campus in the western suburb of Lisle since 1901. In 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research universities between 2000-2010. To meet the demands of a growing student population, the university recognized a need for a new multi-purpose sports complex.

Challenge: 

The Village of Lisle Benedictine Sports Complex includes a 3,000 seat lighted stadium with a multi-purpose field for football, soccer and lacrosse, as well as an Olympic-size competition track, a 1,000-seat lighted baseball field, a lighted softball field, concession area, press boxes, meeting rooms and suites. The complex is used by Benedictine University, Benet Academy, Lisle High School and the DuPage Dragons. An effective system required even distribution of sound, while maintaining the integrity of the sound despite various other noises associated with crowds, sporting events, etc.

Solution: 

Pentegra Systems designed a system that would evenly distribute sound to all areas of the sports complex. The 3,000-seat stadium uses fifteen weather-treated SX300PI speakers driven by Crown CTS series amplifiers to deliver sound above the crowd noise to the stands and field. EViD series speakers provide sound coverage to the concession & concourse areas as well as the control booth & suites. Sound for the baseball and softball fields is provided by weather-treated SX300PI speakers also driven by Crown CTS series amplifiers. Marantz combination CD/Cassette components play their choice of media and Biamp provides the digital signal processing.  The sports complex also uses a variety of wired and wireless Shure microphones.

Results: 

Benedictine University has supported its continual growth through the state-of-the-art sports complex, customized by Pentegra Systems to meet every requirement. Expectations were exceeded in the ease of use, clarity, and quality of the new system. Moreover, the system is maintained and serviced by Pentegra Systems to address any future concerns.

Main System Components: 
  • Crown CTS 1200 & 4200 amplifiers
  • Marantz Combo CD/Cassette Players
  • Shure Wired/Wireless Mics
  • Biamp Digital Signal Processing
  • Electro-voice
  • ZX5-90 Loudspeakers
  • SX300PI Loudspeakers
  • EVID 4.2 & 6.2 Loudspeakers