Optoma projectors transform rugby club
A rugby club will open its doors to hundreds of fans during the upcoming Rugby World Cup thanks to the recent installation of new Optoma projectors and 3.5m wide screens.

Farnham Rugby Union Football Club had dreamt of upgrading its old 50” LCD screens to create a space for the community to watch the sport, while eating, drinking and socialising.

But it wasn't until the club decided to install a new AV system in time for this year's first Six Nations Game that this dream became a reality.

Richard Nicholls, director of Complete Audio Visual Equipment, said: "The club already attracts a good number of fans for major games. It wanted to increase this footfall to allow hundreds to see the games."

As the club hires out the space for weddings, business meetings and other functions, the projector also had to be easy to use and compatible with a range of sources.

Two bright 1080p Optoma EH501 projectors were installed in the Dining Room and Main Bar with a CYP 8 x 8 Matrix Switcher to provide multi-room connectivity. The club also fitted blackout blinds with a material that could double up as a projector screen.

With a brightness of 5,000 ANSI lumens, the bright Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) EH501 projector is ideal for screening sports. It also answered the club's connectivity needs thanks to a USB Reader which can project a JPG presentation directly from a USB flash drive.

Maintenance costs are also an important factor when choosing projectors for permanent installations, but luckily the Optoma EH501 sports a number of energy saving features including Eco+ lamp power management, standby mode and auto power off, which should save the club money in running costs.

Julian Frost from Farnham RUFC said he is delighted with the installation: "It should be a real draw for rugby fans in the local area to come down and watch the game. It creates a great atmosphere in the clubhouse. My only regret is that we hadn’t done it sooner.”

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