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Illuminating the opening match of the UEFA EURO ’16 soccer championship

The European soccer championship, UEFA EURO ’16, kicks off June 10 in the French national stadium with an opening match between France v Romania. Top-flight soccer matches played in the hours of dark require the best possible lighting and the floodlights that will illuminate tomorrow night’s event at Stade de France have been provided by Osram.

477 rotationally symmetric projectors will create optimum visual conditions for both athletes and spectators. As well as the stadium in Paris, Osram has also equipped the stadiums in Lille and Marseille with state-of-the-art lighting technology.

Dr. Eladia Pulido, Head of the Osram Lighting Solutions business division, said:

We’ve been presenting the world’s largest sports arenas with the best light for decades. As a complete solution provider we’re able to illuminate everything from a single source, ranging from parking lots, stadium facades and access routes to indoor spaces and the playing field itself.

With a capacity of more than 81,000 spectators, the French national stadium is the largest stadium of this year’s host country. A total of seven matches will take place at the host venue, including not just the opening game but also the final on 10 July 2016.

The new floodlight installation for the stadium was sourced from Osram. The system consists of 477 SiCompact R3 luminaires, which enables brilliant and high-definition quality pictures that even top the standards required by the international football association regarding lighting quality on the playing field.

The soccer stadium in Marseille, the second-largest stadium in France, was expanded in capacity to 67,000 seats for the European championships. The specification for lighting consisted of creating an impressive appearance for the sports location on the outside, thereby establishing atmosphere and emotion. This has been achieved thanks to the dynamically playable light installation from Traxon installed to the undulating facade and roof construction. The system enables colour chases with smooth transitions, as well as special effects, such as stroboscopic lighting when a goal has been scored. In addition to facade lighting, the floodlighting system was also sourced from Osram.

Marseille Osram Interior credit Getty Images Sport Pascal Rondeau

Osram puts its expertise as a complete solution provider to the test in the soccer stadium in Marseille. Both floodlighting and the dynamic facade illumination are sourced from the Munich lighting specialists. Image courtesy: Getty Images Sport, Pascal Rondeau.

Marseille Osram credit AFP Boris Horvat

Marseille stadium. Credit AFP Boris Horvat

The stadium in Lille has also put its trust in lighting technology from Osram, and a real eyecatcher is the semi-transparent Traxon media facade. A combination of honeycombed steel mesh and individually controllable LEDs transforms the facade into a giant, transparent screen for displaying images and films with vivacious colours.


Lille Stadium Traxon

The semi-transparent Traxon media facade for the stadium in Lille is a real eye-catcher.


Main image (top): PARIS, FRANCE: A general view of the stadium during the French League Cup Final between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille LOSC at Stade de France on April 23, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images). Osram ensures ideal conditions for competition by equipping the French national stadium, among other locations, with innovative lighting technology. 477 SiCompact R3 projectors will create optimum visual conditions.


OSRAM has its headquarters in Munich, Germany, and is recognised as a global leader in lighting manufacturer, with a company history spanning more than 100 years. Its portfolio ranges from high-tech applications using semiconductor-based technology such as infrared and laser to networked, intelligent lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM had approximately 33,000 global employees with turnover of 5.6 billion euros to the end of the 2015 fiscal year (30 September). The company is listed on the Frankfurt am Main and Munich stock exchanges under WKN: LED 400 (stock exchange symbol: OSR).

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Our Q3 edition will include a special feature entitled “EURO ’16 host venues: a post-event review”, which will include further details on OSRAM’s involvement, as well as many of the architects, designers, engineers, contractors etc.

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