8 Oct 2020

Sydney 2000

Twenty years after the iconic Sydney Olympics, The P.A. People continue the legacy of Australia’s greatest sporting event.

The company has built on the opportunity and has gone on to become one of the leading providers of event communications worldwide, providing systems at five Olympic Games, and is arguably Australia’s go-to vendor for the design and installation of sound systems in large venues.

The company is also a significant player in the local events industry. Counting the Australian F1 Grand Prix and Sydney New Year’s Eve amongst its regular clients, along with more than fifteen major venues delivered over the past twenty years, many of these have included multiple contracts.


“When the Olympics came along, The P.A. People had been around for just over 25 years.

“We had emerged as a significant player in the installation space having worked on new venues in the mid-nineties such as the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“We had recently moved out of the large-scale audio reinforcement touring space, instead opting to specialise on niche rental business opportunities. The Olympics was an opportunity to build on both aspects of the business,” commented Chris Dodds, Managing Director of The P.A. People.

“As we look towards our half century of continuous operation next year, it is timely to recognise the catalyst and the opportunity that the Sydney Games afforded us.”

“The P.A. People have installed our audio systems, serviced the systems and supervised and operated the systems since the Stadium opened in 1999.”
Daryl Kerry – Managing Director, ANZ Stadium.

“Multi-sport, multi-venue events need partners who will genuinely work with them. The P.A. People have that attitude to partnership.”
Sandy Hollway – CEO, Sydney Olympic Games Committee / International Events Advisor

“You have to have a company that has the technology and the experience to be able to guarantee delivery; that understands what you are trying to achieve… and The P.A. People is that.”
David Atkins – CEO/Artistic Director – David Atkins Enterprises



Entertainment technology news and issues for Australia and New Zealand
– in print and free online www.cxnetwork.com.au

Further reading: Coverage of the 2000 Olympic Games Production in Connections Magazine: https://www.cxnetwork.com.au/sydney-olympics-september-2000

© VCS Creative Publishing


Published monthly since 1991, our famous AV industry magazine is free for download or pay for print. Subscribers also receive CX News, our free weekly email with the latest industry news and jobs.