Hammons Field, located in downtown Springfield, MO, is the home of the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The stadium opened in 2005 and is furnished with 28 luxury box suites, a VIP lounge, three penthouse-style suites and an executive kitchen.
When it was opend Hammons Field boasted one of the largest electronic scoreboards and LED displays in the country. This screen is used for on-field replays, between-inning entertainment, as well as recaps from Major League games. During the 2009 Major League All-Star Game, Hammons Field held All-Star celebrations in which patrons could watch the game on “the largest LED screen in the state of Missouri.”
Designed by the local architectural firm, Pellham Phillips Architects & Engineers, the stadium has been named as one of the most beautiful minor league stadiums in the country. In response, the Springfield Cardinals have enjoyed some of the minor league’s highest fan attendance rates since the team relocated to Springfield in 2005. Hammons properties contacted SG Integration (now Paragon 360) for the complete turn-key design, sale and installation of the $1.8 million audio and video systems for the new Hammons field.
A large-format EV speaker system was chosen and is under the control of a media matrix processing backbone with QSC amplification. The Yamaha digital console allows precise recalling of presets for a multitude of events. Over 137 speakers in all were designed into the project with all the exterior speakers rigged for all-weather application. During the design phase, many speaker components were considered with full product demos setup for the client ahead of time.
Even though it is a minor league park, the stadium’s audio is set up the same way as a major league park in that it features a full-range audio system for the stands and the field. The system also includes independently-controlled auxiliary systems for full coverage from restaurants to suites to restrooms, concourses, gaming areas, playgrounds and front entrances. A patron can be anywhere in the facility and not miss out on any of the game action and have their pick of broadcast and or stadium feeds.
The video system is driven by a broadcast Pix digital video switcher. The system contains three cameras incorporating one wireless camera with two channels of replay, full clip playback, still store graphics capabilities, fully-featured CG capabilities and full-production intercom. The video display is a Barco DLite LED screen that is incorporated into the score board. This was the largest screen in a five-state area until the St. Louis Cardinals built their new stadium in 2006.