Firehouse Productions Shoots for the Stars at NBA All-Star Weekend

JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn recently hosted the NBA All-Star Weekend, a celebration of the most talented professional basketball players in the world. To match the talent on the court, Firehouse Productions supplied world-class sound reinforcement systems at both venues, relying on HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX and VERTEC® line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Madison Square Garden hosted the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on February 13 and the NBA All-Star Game on February 15. Firehouse Productions provided an audio system featuring four arrays of 15 VTX V25 loudspeakers each, plus one array of 10 V25 loudspeakers, all hung from the ceiling and situated around the Garden’s main scoreboard. The system also included 12 VTX G28 ground-stacked subwoofers and 16 VERTEC VT4886 subcompact loudspeakers for fills. 68 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and 12 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers powered the entire system. The system was monitored and controlled with JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.


The Barclays Center in Brooklyn hosted the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on February 13, while its main activities took place during the State Farm All-Star Saturday night on February 14. These events included the Degree Shooting Stars, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker 3-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. For these events, Firehouse provided six arrays of 15 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize loudspeakers, plus 16 VT4886 subcompact loudspeakers for fills.


“When fans from around the world converge in New York City to see the very best talent the NBA has to offer, there is no margin for error when it comes to the technology, so we chose the JBL line arrays and Crown amps based on our success in numerous high-profile events in the past,” said Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering, Firehouse Productions. “The HARMAN components performed exceptionally in Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, and all the events that comprised the NBA All-Star Weekend were a tremendous success.”


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