The FIFA World Cup was first established in 1924 and has grown into the world's most popular sports event. Global television broadcasts brought the opening ceremony to more than 200 nations, with a world-wide viewing audience of 1.5 million persons. During 2006 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony, the Harman Professional equipment has been demanded to provide the highest level of professionalism from sound designers and the supporting audio crew and also to create a tremendous level of performance expectation for loudspeaker systems. JBL's VERTEC line array system products being specified and used by consummate professionals for the world's leading sports event.