Toronto Raptors Basketball Club President and General Manager Masai Ujiir said, “We wanted the BioSteel Centre to feel like home for the team and music is a very important part of creating that atmosphere. We also wanted this new facility to be world-class in every way as we work to bring a winner to Toronto for our city and our fans. Klipsch was a natural partner for us to deliver exceptional sound at the BioSteel Centre.”
The brand new BioSteel Centre is a two-story, 68,000 square foot facility that serves as the Raptors official practice facility in the heart of Toronto, Ontario. It features two full size basketball courts; state-of-the-art locker rooms with individual TV monitors above each locker; a large fitness, weight room and training area; an extensive medical and rehabilitation area, including cold and hot tubs and an underwater treadmill; and a player lounge with a full service kitchen and dining room.
In other words, it’s pretty freakin’ sweet.
Each practice court at the BioSteel Centre is equipped with a pair of Klipsch KI-396 commercial speakers complemented by a THX-certified Klipsch KPT-684 high output subwoofer. Just like the Colts in Indianapolis, we imagine the Raptors have no problem cranking the volume on their Klipsch speakers to simulate a hostile away-court environment.
Practice is just part of the equation for a team looking to win a championship. Endless film study is also a requirement to be the best. Thankfully, Canada’s favorite basketball team has a 24-seat theater room, with a 105-inch flat screen, bordered by two Klipsch KL-6504 THX in wall speakers. It’s so awesome and would be a shame if the theater is only for studying game film. (That being said, we bet there are a few non-basketball movies viewed here on occasion.)
Before the players can even view the game film, coaches and staff members break down the footage on their own. A three-person team analyzes and prepares it using workstations powered by Klipsch Reference R-10B soundbars.
Whether for rehabbing or simply training, the pool is a great place to get a great workout that’s easy on the joints, even if you’re not Michael Phelps. Klipsch AW-800 all-weather speakers make it easy on the ears as well.
“After the retrofit of the Air Canada Centre in 2014 with over 1,000 Klipsch speakers, they were our top choice for the new BioSteel Centre,” said Bob Hunter, Chief Project Development Officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Our goal with this new training centre was to deliver one of the top facilities of its kind in sports for the team and the technical abilities offered by Klipsch to push out a clean sound with low distortion over a large area made them a natural fit.”
OK, so maybe having a killer sound system throughout their practice facility isn’t going to guarantee an NBA Championship for the Toronto Raptors, but we’re proud to help support our friends from the north in their quest for greatness.
Author: Alex Leopold
Date: March 21, 2016