Centre Vidéotron de Québec
There it’s done. Quebec has finally its amphitheater to be able to compete with the Bell Centre in Montreal. And no, despite this introduction, we are talking here of a multifunctional place for up to 20 000 spectators and not a competition between Bell and Videotron call centers. Videotron Centre is an amphitheater with a high-performance technology infrastructure and a multifunctional structural environment allowing it to easily change volume to adapt to different programs (music, sports, theater, television). Whether it’s technical premises, access to technical spaces above the ice, public circulation areas and reception areas of the spectators, all these volumes, and many more, have been thought to offer what is best in the entertainment and cultural industry.
CLIENT : Ville de Québec
DATE : September 2015
OVERALL CONSTRUCTION COST : 400 m$
The challenge of this project was enormous and, to soak up the philosophy and technological characteristics necessary for a multifunctional arena of this size, we visited various famous amphitheatres; Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, Montreal’s Bell Centre and Saputo Stadium and Amsterdam’s ArenA. Our work started immediately upon completion of Technical and Functional Programme with responsibility, as a consultant in scenography and multimedia, to identify the needs of this new place. So we wrote prescriptions for a main PA system, the main scoreboard, the power rings display, a large rigging system and a video broadcast system.
27 capture points
HD broadcast and video editing
Motorized LED display scoreboard
40 zero fleet electric motors for all the scenic dressing
8 clusters of loudspeakers
2 LED rings for advertising
Centralized automation system
Large outdoor LED screen
Multi-viewer display system
Fiber optic distribution and connection solution
Sound systems in all the public circulation areas
Unique audio and video control room in Quebec province
We have faced several different types of challenges during the project; the technical ceiling and the motorization of different equipment above the technical grid, achieving a video production facility used as much for the scoreboard as for the broadcasters and integration of mechanical ventilation in the structure of the scoreboard. This ballet of integration and complementarity between the different types of equipment have increased the complexity of the design.
For the creation of video production infrastructure, Videotron Centre needs to accommodate a range of broadcasters for a wide variety of events. We therefore oriented toward an innervation 100% digital on fiber covering all the levels of the amphitheater and defined by two separate systems. A system associated with production management for the scoreboard and a system for broadcasters. The use of digital and fiber has quickly emerged to respond perfectly to the use of capture points required by the customer, the NHL and HD television broadcast in real time.