As debut year ended, Barclays Center spent $500,000+ to install 1,800 acoustic baffles (to fight escaping bass?)
Last April 30, the arena agreed to pay a $3200 fine for a reading twice the allowable limits during the 3/2/13 Swedish House Mafia show.
|Acoustic baffles in ceiling, 2/16/14|
Last November, one arena neighbor said the noise emanating from the Kanye West concerts that week was--apart from Justin Bieber fans screaming on the street--the worst "since the arena opened."
In December, one neighbor said, “It feels like the subway train going underneath your apartment for two hours." An arena spokesman responded, “I don't have any update right now.”
The application was filed 8/28/13, with an expiration 12/4/13. But complaints continued after late August.
The photo above right, shot 2/16/14, indicates copious numbers of baffles in the ceiling of the arena.
|Arena, 10/15/12, photo by Tracy Collins|
It's possible some or all of those panels pictured were in the arena from the start. However, a photo from a different angle, at left, from the arena's debut season, does not show the same quantity of baffles.
But a photo from a 9/13/13 visit by HockeyBuzz, does show at least some of the same baffles. That means they were either there already or were installed immediately after the application was filed in late August.
Nor do I know if the acoustic baffles were justified, in part, to improve arena sound rather than to protect against escaping bass.
But it's sure been a more urgent mission to block that bass, especially since the developer plans to open the first apartment tower adjacent to the arena, B2, in December 2014.
As explained by one manufacturer, such baffles also can be suspended from high ceilings, and both sides baffle can absorb sound if hung vertically. Here's use of panels from another manufacturer in the Spokane arena.