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Amsterdam ArenA plans dynamic LED pitch lighting to take sports experience to a higher level

Philips Lighting have signed an innovation partnership with Amsterdam ArenA for dynamic pitch lighting. As part of the agreement, and in the run up to UEFA Euro 2020, Philips Lighting will install a new combination of Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting with movable dynamic colour spots. The new technology will meet the requirements of broadcasters for HDTV and will elevate the entertainment experience at the Amsterdam ArenA to a whole new level during concerts and events.

Philips’ ArenaVision is the world’s first LED sports pitch lighting system to meet the most stringent requirements specified by international television broadcasters and sports federations. This innovative lighting system supports high definition (HD), super slow-mo replays, avoiding the flicker that was often caused by conventional lamps – so that the tiniest gestures and emotions can be seen by spectators in the stadium and by viewers at home.  The flexible lighting also makes it possible to illuminate specific parts of the pitch during events or before a football match as part of a light show.

The Amsterdam ArenA will be the first stadium in the world to incorporate movable colour LED spotlights thanks to Philips’ ArenaVision system. This is ideal for multi-purpose stadium use such as concerts and events. The implementation of the LED pitch lighting will be ready at the end of 2016.

Frank van der Vloed, General Manager Philips Lighting Benelux, said:

The combination of our ArenaVision LED pitch lighting system and movable colour spots creates a tremendous show effect. With this new combination of lighting systems, we are contributing to the further development of Amsterdam ArenA. We are proud of this collaboration and will jointly create a global showcase of enhanced experience, sustainability and flexibility of the overall lighting system that paves the way for a new standard for pitch lighting.

Henk Markerink, CEO of Amsterdam ArenA, said:

Philips Lighting has been involved in the development of our stadium lighting from the beginning and from now on we welcome Philips Lighting as an active partner in our innovation centre. We are delighted to continue our close collaboration in the years to come. First, the stadium lighting will be replaced by LEDs and over the next few years, in the run-up to Euro 2020, we will be working on even more innovative lighting projects to create the best experience for our fans with lighting.

In Summary

Philips Lighting will install a new combination of their ArenaVision LED pitch lighting into Amsterdam ArenA:

  • The new technology will meet the requirements of broadcasters for HDTV and will elevate the entertainment experience to a whole new level during concerts and events
  • The world’s first LED sports pitch lighting system to meet the most stringent requirements specified by international television broadcasters and sports federations
  • Supports high definition and super slow-motion replays – avoiding the flicker that was often caused by conventional lamps – so that the tiniest gestures and emotions can be seen by spectators in the stadium and by viewers at home 

Amsterdam ArenA hosts first European Championship 2020 Innovation Summit

On 8 June 2016, the Amsterdam ArenA hosted the first European Championship 2020 (EC2020) Innovation Summit. During which, leaders from cities, football associations, stadiums and airports from hosting cities in 2020 met to share innovations and best-practices.

Henk Markerink, CEO Amsterdam ArenA, said:

We face a unique tournament in 2020, with 13 hosting cities across one Europe. We strongly believe this event will be a great challenge; we have the opportunity to develop and showcase the best ideas and practices in the field of sports, entertainment, safety, security, mobility and sustainability. The journey of sports fans – from their homes to the event and back home again – is related to themes such as mobility, connectivity and safety, and security. We continuously want the whole customer journey to be improved with innovative solutions. The collaboration between cities, stadiums, football associations and airports could be a great driver to make the fan experience safer and unforgettable.

EC2020 took place during the Amsterdam Smart City Event, a worldwide conference about smart technologies.

Attendees at the first EC2020 Summit

Attendees at the first EC2020 Summit

Philips is just one of the many industry-leading producers and suppliers that will be showcasing their products at this September’s must-attend event, our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition, which is being held at the Yokohama Arena from September 26 to 28. For further information or to book your place, please visit: www.SAEvents.uk.com

Kengo Hayashida, Market Leader Japan – President, Philips Lighting, is one of the 50+ industry-elite speakers that will be sharing their insights during the conference.

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