Hull Tigers to transform KC Stadium with Philips computer controlled LED floodlighting

Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by Tim Brown
This summer KC Stadium, home to Hull Tigers, will upgrade its pitch lighting to LED enhancing the football match experience for both players and fans - image courtesy of Philips
This summer KC Stadium, home to Hull Tigers, will upgrade its pitch lighting to LED enhancing the football match experience for both players and fans - image courtesy of Philips.

This July Hull Tigers will be chalking up a home win with the addition of the latest LED lighting system from Philips.

The new LED pitch lighting provides footballers, fans and TV broadcasters with an even better experience. The investment will ensure that the KC Stadium’s sports floodlighting meets the latest TV broadcast requirements as directed by the English Premier League.

The lighting will be installed during this summer’s break in time for the start of the 2015/2016 football season.

Philips ArenaVision LED floodlighting is an innovative LED pitch lighting concept that fulfils all contemporary and future field-of-play requirements such as light level, uniformity, glare rating and HDTV super slow motion broadcasting.

The flexible floodlighting, designed and optimised for TV coverage of football and other sports events, will transform the KC Stadium into a truly multipurpose entertainment venue.

The use of LED technology provides the opportunity for the Club to use lighting in a more creative way for a more immersive experience for spectators and players. The solution includes a dedicated user interface and a control system that allows quick, easy and reliable monitoring of the system.

The ability to switch between optimal lighting configurations provides complete flexibility to switch on and off or dim each floodlight individually. With the new lighting system it will be possible to create pre-set light scenes to provide specific conditions such as dimmed energy-saving levels for cleaning and maintenance purposes, as well as training level lighting.

John North, managing director, Stadium Management Company (SMC) commented: “The new energy efficient, LED pitch lighting system for the KC Stadium delivers the ability to instantly change from one light setting from another. This is not just a game changer for spectators but also for the future of the modern multi-purpose stadium, a key feature of the operational strategy for our sporting venues.”

The Philips ArenaVision LED control system will also be used to create special entertainment lighting effects that would normally require dedicated stage-lighting, providing the opportunity for the floodlights to be integrated into pre- and post-match light shows to help build the atmosphere and excitement in the stadium. The instant on/off nature of LED lighting even allows for the creation of a simple blackout effect if required.

Andy Gowen, director of public lighting, Philips Lighting UK said; “More than ever before lighting can add value to a stadium. The main priority for professional sports venues has always been to ensure the correct light levels on the pitch but with the arrival of the digital age, there is a great deal more on offer.

“Our Philips ArenaVision LED floodlighting bridges the worlds of entertainment lighting and to date static, high quality pitch lighting to deliver a memorable experience for visitors whether they are coming to watch Hull in action or to hear their favorite bands perform.”

The club will also benefit from maintenance savings due to the long life of the LED system. Typically, metal halide floodlighting lamps are replaced every three-seasons to maintain the lighting levels required. The Philips LED system is expected to last in excess of 10.