Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

AV Technology Scores Big at the Hall of Fame
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame opened a new 40,000 square-foot space at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary that celebrates the country’s impressive and inspiring sports history. Electrosonic provided audio-visual systems for every aspect of the new museum, which includes 11 exhibit galleries representing 58 sports, plus more than 50 interactive visitor experiences.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) designed the new building, and Cortina Productions and Bruce’s Garage designed the multimedia presentations. Electrosonic was the main AV systems contractor working for The Taylor Group, which provided overall exhibit project management and fabrication. Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with C7A and the media producers to design the exhibits.

A number of noteworthy galleries and exhibits fill the new attraction; one of the most challenging galleries is The Ring of Canada Sports, which required a customized projection solution. The ceiling height restricted the projector positions and throw distances needed to achieve the desired overhead image sizes, so Electrosonic revised the screen surface to a ring shape and used Sharp projectors with wide-angle lenses mounted above custom mirror bounce assemblies to rear project onto the scrim material.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

In the Skater Gallery, Sharp ultra short-throw projectors display image backdrops on the walls behind athlete figures. The entry tunnel also features a clever use of a narrow space; images of sports suited to the long corridor, such as curling and swimming, are projected via three DLP projectors aimed at the floor, and edge blended. This specific projector model is able to be mounted in odd orientations, so it was also suitable for the Water Sports Gallery where, aimed upwards onto discs mounted in the ceiling, the images give the illusion of being under water.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

For the Formula 1 car in the Ride Motion Gallery, which is backed by a curved screen displaying racing footage, Electrosonic provided a Sharp projector running through a graphics scaler to correct for the screen’s curve. Several exhibits also feature 3D Blu-ray players allowing visitors to simulate the feeling of being a hockey goalie and baseball catcher. Other visitor experiences, such as the ski jump exhibit, have sensor interfaces, which trigger interactive events.

Various Sharp Moments Timeline exhibits, sponsored by the electronics giant, feature Sharp 42-inch LCD displays. In the actual Hall of Fame area, guests can use 32-inch touchscreens to select athletes and sports notables they want to learn more about. Finally, visitors can gather in the 120-seat Riddell Family Theatre to watch a 10-minute video displayed onto a 16x9-foot painted wall by a DLP projector, highlighting great sports moments.

Electrosonic provided the audio system throughout the building. Media players provide video content for everything not run from a PC. A control system monitors the majority of the exhibits. Electrosonic hired Calgary AV contractor ASCCI to provide the equipment and local resources for rack fabrication and on-site installation. Eos Lightmedia of Vancouver did the lighting design.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame