When legendary football player Robert Lewandowski and his business partners decided to open a sports bar in Warsaw, Poland, their goal was to create a space where guests could watch and hear sporting events on multiple screens from anywhere in the restaurant and bar. NINE9s (named after Lewandowski’s player number) is a spacious four-story venue with a restaurant, sports bars, and large event spaces featuring multiple screens, real stands, and decorated with memorabilia from famous athletes.
The Ultimate Fan Experience
NINE9s aims to provide the ultimate fan experience. To help bring their vision of building the greatest sports bar to life, the co-owners sought help from ESS Audio, a distributor in Poland that planned and delivered the AV installation at NINE9s.
“Our AV partner, with our support, delivered all the AV, audio, LCD, and LED screens to the venue, to make sure the guests and the owners get the absolute best sporting experience in a sports bar. You can watch and listen to your favourite sports channel when you eat in the restaurant, have drinks in the bar, or even when you visit the restroom so you don’t miss a second of the match,” said Witold Karalow, CEO of ESS Audio.
The Streaming Solution – Listen EVERYWHERE
To ensure guests could hear the audio clearly from any of the screens in the space regardless of where they are located, ESS Audio suggested Listen EVERYWHERE, an audio over Wi-Fi solution from Listen Technologies.
Listen EVERYWHERE is a simple and cost-effective solution for audio streaming for silent screens. It helps people hear clearly in any listening environment. Listen EVERYWHERE works on a venue’s existing wireless network and lets guests use their smartphones and smart devices as receivers for the assistive listening system.
At NINE9s, guests download the free Listen EVERYWHERE app on their smartphones, select their preferred audio channel, and stream sound to their smartphones. They can listen to the audio through headphones or earbuds connected to their smartphone. They can also stream sound from their smartphones to Bluetooth-enabled headphones or hearing aids.
This means when NINE9s is showing different Champions League matches on different screens in the same space, guests can tune into their preferred audio feed and hear the action clearly despite nearby conversations and ambient noise or distance from the screen.
“To deliver the personalized audio experience our customer envisioned for its guests, we selected Listen EVERYWHERE. We knew the system would consistently provide clear audio directly to guests, regardless of where they are in the venue,” added Karalow. “With Listen EVERYWHERE, guests can easily find, select, and change channels to hear audio from their preferred screen and immerse themselves in the action. As an integrator, I’m confident recommending and installing Listen Technologies systems because I know the quality of their products is exceptional.”
The Listen EVERYWHERE app is fully customizable. Venues can promote events and special offerings and thereby capitalize on the opportunity to get more out of their digital signage and provide an engaging and more personalized experience to every guest.
“Sports Temple NINE9s owners considered every detail of the space and designed it with the goal of providing guests the ultimate fan experience,” said Sam Nord, vice president, global channel sales. “We are thrilled Sports Temple NINE9s selected our audio over Wi-Fi solution to stream game audio to guests and deliver personalized content via their smart devices.”