Lighting : LIGHTING Feb-Mar 2018
24 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2018 February/March 2018 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 25 For soccer, in particular, the venue has to accommodate FIFA 5 standards, which demand extremely high LUX levels for horizontal and vertical lighting,” Ivanova says. “But designing the lighting was not only driven by sports lighting requirements. The fans first approach starts with the pedestrian and precinct areas, parklands and other community and entertainment spaces. Each one demands a different lighting approach.” Ivanova says they used a Philips Dynalite DALI lighting control system which means the vast majority of fittings are dimmable and can be controlled individually which provides enormous flexibility in creating lighting scenes and lighting emotions. Sports lighting control is via DMX. “The biggest difference between LED and conventional sports floodlighting is our ability to integrate all the different systems. It means Optus Stadium is now a showcase for the capabilities of a fully integrated LED lighting system,” she says Several major European stadiums already use the same Philips Lighting system, but on a smaller scale, including Stamford Bridge in London, home of the Chelsea Football Club and Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, home of Juventus Football Club. Ivanova says the feedback they’ve received on the project has been overwhelmingly positive. “Everyone is talking about it. It’s been extremely well-received in Western Australia and seeing the demo in action for the first time was a really uplifting experience. People were speechless. It was like a spaceship had just been parked in the middle of Perth.” SETTING NEW BENCHMARKS IN SPORTS LIGHTING AT THE NEW OPTUS STADIUM Optus Stadium was officially opened to the world on 21 January 2018 with a Community Open Day, kicked off by the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan and Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mick Murray. The canvas of colour is, quite frankly, awesome. Created by integrating the LED lights in and around the stadium, there are no limitations to what can be done and some of the first displays to be programmed are special routines that take in the purple for the Fremantle Dockers, blue and gold for the West Coast Eagles, and orange for the Perth Scorchers, set to be unleashed at the press of a button when a goal is scored or a six is hit. Says Minister Murray: “The control platform provides the flexibility to create a completely immersive lighting experience for the venue and is adaptable to the specific requirements of each sporting code that will play. A key feature is that the Stadium can go from full dark mode to full TV broadcast mode in less than a second, allowing for amazing event production and patron experience. The lighting is one of the most stunning features of this state of the art facility.” Minister Murray says that fans will be the biggest beneficiaries of the new venue which is further elucidated by Vessi Ivanova from Philips. Ivanova was the lead lighting designer for the entire project when Philips prepared their bid in 2013 for the Westadium Consortium, right up to the opening in January 2018. “Our brief from the Stadium builder, Multiplex, was to deliver a ‘fans first’ approach, and provide an exceptional event atmosphere,” she says. The Stadium is designed to accommodate multiple sports including AFL, cricket, rugby union, rugby league, soccer and athletics. (The Consortium partnered with a team of award-winning designers – Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup – which individually have been credited with creating some of the most renowned sporting projects including the Sydney Cricket Ground, Adelaide Oval’s new western stand, USA’s biggest stadium – the 100,000 capacity AT&T Stadium in Texas, and the Beijing 2008 Olympic National Aquatics Centre.) 891 LED floodlights make Perth Stadium the largest sports lighting installation in the world. Image credit Gatecrasher. Approximately 650 RGB LED lighting fixtures light up ‘the halo’ in the stadium’s roof. Image credit Gatecrasher. A key feature is that the Stadium can go from full dark mode to full TV broadcast mode in less than a second, allowing for amazing event production and patron experience. The lighting is one of the most stunning features of this state of the art facility.
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