Built in 1929, the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in the city of Higashiosaka is one of Japan’s leading rugby-specific stadiums, long famous as a venue for national high school rugby tournaments. For over ninety years this stadium has been part of the history of Japanese rugby, and it is now rightly considered a mecca for rugby in Japan. Having been chosen to host matches for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, in 2018 the stadium’s equipment and facilities were renovated, including the installation of TOA sound systems designed to deliver clear sound to both playing field and spectator stands.
The stadium’s aging sound system was causing irregularities in the audibility of broadcasts, so the goal was to build a uniform sound space in which announcements can be heard with uniform clarity throughout the venue. Compact array speakers from the HX-Series with excellent intelligibility and directivity control are distributed around the stadium to create a high-quality, uniform sound field and a sound space full of realistic “presence.” Further, the capability to suppress the output of individual speakers by dividing listening areas finally helps to prevent sound leakage beyond the stadium, thereby reducing the potential for neighbourhood noise complaints.
Yukihito Okui, Manager of the Hanazono Rugby Stadium, states:
“We’re proud to have refurbished the stadium to such a degree to make it well worthy as a Rugby World Cup host venue. We hope the whole world will think of ‘Hanazono’ when it comes to rugby in Japan.”