MUNICH / HAMBURG, Germany — FC Bayern Munich is kicking off the new season in spectacular style: Philips, along with the German soccer champions, presented a new LED facade lighting at the Allianz Arena for the first time. The entire innovative Philips system can be controlled digitally and is capable of reproducing 16 million colors. This makes Allianz Arena, the ‘Star of the South’, Europe’s largest and Germany’s first stadium, to feature a dynamic lighting moods across its entire facade. More than 300,000 LED lights – over an impressive surface area of 26,000 square meters − make the stadium facade’s inflatable outer membrane shine brilliantly. Compared to the previous system, the new technology saves more than 60 percent on electricity and approximately 362 tons of CO2 per year.
“The fans will experience the new lighting facilities live in the coming 2015/2016 season. In addition, in conjunction with Philips we will also be highlighting certain aspects of the action on the pitch inside the Allianz Arena too,” explains Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern Munich. “The all-round lighting effects in the facade roof above the stands is a new feature and a taste of what’s in store. This lighting will accompany the action on the pitch in a dynamic way, for example by creating a Mexican wave or goal celebration effects in red and white.”
“The new lighting will serve to intensify the emotional experience in the Allianz Arena before, during and after the match. Fans and television viewers will experience unique lighting effects,” says Philips Lighting Managing Director Roger Karner. “The system is fully digital, featuring intelligent controls, and it has been tailored specifically to the unique architecture of the Allianz Arena. We have drawn on Philips’ know-how from three continents to develop this unique system,” says Karner.
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