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Inside Selhurst Park redevelopment plans

Last week, English Premier League club Crystal Palace announced plans to redevelop its Selhurst Park stadium. The club has also released a video, detailing the expansion project, which will see the venue’s capacity increase from 26,000 seats to more than 34,000.

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Pontiac Silverdome finally demolished after failed first attempt

They don’t make them like they used to. It took two attempts for the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, to bite the dust. Still standing after the first implosion, it was finally demolished by a second blast to the upper section of the stadium, which has stood in Michigan since 1975

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With this in mind, should designers of new stadia, or project managers of renovations, be looking at both on-field and off-field lighting as part of a single solution?


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Philips Lighting transforms Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium with next-generation LED lighting

Home of Olympique Lyonnais is the first stadium in France to use dynamic LED pitch lighting with moving color spots

 

Philips Lighting has announced that the stadium lighting in Parc Olympique Lyonnais will change to LED. The 59,286-capacity stadium – home to French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais – is the first stadium in France to integrate dynamic LED pitch and grandstand lighting with moving entertainment color spots. This combination offers exceptional pitch lighting at sporting events, and the ability to enrich the fan experience through dazzling light shows during a diverse range of entertainment events from pre-match and half time shows to concerts and much more.

“With the implementation of the LED lighting technology and control technology developed by Philips Lighting at Parc OL, we will continue to develop and invest in the stadium as the key event venue in the Lyon metropolitan area,” says Xavier Pierrot, stadium manager at Parc OL.

“We want to offer a whole new dimension to the experience of our spectators. This investment demonstrates once again the commitment of Parc OL to be one of the world’s recognized venues for the organization and staging of major international sports and entertainment events.”

Given that the new Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting system meets the latest standards of sports federations and international broadcasters, fans at home and in the stadium will be able to follow every detail of the game in ultra-high definition. This is because the LED technology overcomes the flicker commonly associated with older, conventional lighting systems.

Unlike conventional pitch lighting, which can be slow to reach full brightness, Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting is instant. This enables clubs to quickly adapt the lighting to their needs, for instance by dimming or switching off lighting so that selected parts of the pitch are lit for training or maintenance.

Furthermore, the lighting is fully programmable and easy to control, allowing users to create spectacular light shows adding to the pre-match excitement and the fan experience. The integration of Philips Entertainment moving color spots – already used effectively at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands and Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg in Germany – is a first for France. It will not only add to the fan experience but also make the stadium an even more attractive venue for hosting other sports and entertainment events.

“Dramatic light shows may be created using the combination of the Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting system and moving color spots. Through this innovative lighting system, we are contributing to the development of Parc OL,” says Christophe Guidon, public sales director for Philips Lighting in France.

“We are proud of this collaboration to create new standards for both the stadium experience and viewers on TV. This technology, synonymous with durability and extreme flexibility, paves the way for a new standard for sports lighting and raises the bar higher for stadia around the world.”

The pitch lighting itself comprises: 260 Philips ArenaVision LED gen2 fixtures; 20 Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 moving color projectors; 66 Philips ClearFlood Large fixtures (used in the grandstands) – all of which are controlled by Philips Strand NEO control and network system. The implementation of the LED lighting will be ready for Lyon’s first match of the French football season on August 5, 2017.

Photo credit: Parc OL / Populous / Intens-Cité / Paul Thouvenin

June 21, 2017

 

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