During the last few weeks the European Football Championship has been taking place in Poland and Ukraine. In preparation of the event, new stadiums were built where the lighting played an important role.
To make spectators in the stadium feel part of the show, the light needed to create the right ambiance. In today’s sports stadium we see that the atmosphere is often created even before people enter inside the arena with the facades of the stadium illuminated with static or dynamic lighting. Consequently the stadium itself becomes a landmark for the city.
Then when spectators enter the arena the show can start. Here the light will enable both spectators and players to clearly see spaces. The quality of the lighting design and luminaires helps to create a comfortable and natural scene which is very important. As the matches take place in the evening, light is a must.
On top of that, the lighting needs to be designed for the hundreds of cameras capturing the event to broadcast in people’s homes, making them also feel part of the event. Many different kind of techniques are used like close up, slow motion, high definition, spider camera… And the last one is the 3D, which enable TV spectators to feel that they are on the pitch. 3D cameras will be used for the European Football Championship final at Kiev stadium.
All these techniques are light demanding. So in order to have the best picture quality the lighting for the pitch must have the right level, the right color rendering and the right design.
Have you been involved in lighting this type of structure? What do you think the main considerations should be when designing for sports stadiums both as a lighting professional and also as a spectator?