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Sound plan for Portugal’s #1 arena

The MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal's busiest, will receive an acoustic overhaul over the next few months

By IQ on 19 May 2016

MEO Arena (Pavilhão Atlântico), Lisbon, Fernando Fonseca

The MEO Arena (then the Pavilhão Atlântico) as it appeared in 2010

image © Fernando Fonseca

The MEO Arena, Portugal’s biggest indoor arena and the joint-sixth-largest in Europe, is undergoing a revamp of its acoustics.

Owner-operator Arena Atlântico says the project, which relies “exclusively on Portugese know-how”, aims to reduce reverberation time in the arena’s main hall by 50%.

The work will be undertaken by acoustic specialist Jocavi, architect Regino Cruz and the arena’s technical team and involve the installation of a surrounding absorbing element around the hall’s perimeter, acoustic panels in certain areas of the technical towers and thousands of small absorbing panels in the stands.

“This is the first step in our continuous effort to bring the acoustics of the hall to its very best”

Phase one of the project, which will aim initially to reduce reverberation by between 28% and 33%, will be completed in two months, with phase two to follow after its completion and testing. The work will not affect upcoming concerts or events.

Arena Atlântico CEO Jorge Vinha da Silva says the renovation is “the first step in our continuous effort to bring the acoustics of the hall to its very best”.

The MEO, as part of the European Arenas Association (EAA), had a positive 2015, with a total attendance of 14,030,355 across the group’s entire membership.

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