Reigning Italian football champions Juventus have completely refitted their stadium with new LED lighting.
The improvements were made with an eye on supporting the ultrahigh-definition television broadcasts that capture the action of the top flight first division Serie A, the Italian equivalent of the Premier League.
396 Philips ArenaVision LED fixtures were installed at the Turin based club, replacing the high intensity discharge luminaires that had been used previously.
Philips claims that the ArenaVision technology can help television cameras pick out the ‘smallest gestures and emotions of players,’ during a game, the company told LEDs Magazine.
Ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcast cameras require high-quality lighting in order to work to the best of their ability.
UHD requires either 4096×2160 pixels (4K) or 8192×4230 pixels (8K) in order to run, and both represent a large jump forward from the conventional high-definition television that we have become used to.
In respone to the new technological advances Philips has outfitted the ArenaVision lighting with drivers that are able to minimise flickering.
The flicker, although difficult to detect with the human eye, can distort the images captured by high-frame-rate cameras, and when it comes to flicker, stadium lighting is traditionally bad.
The ArenaVision fixtures will also provide the club with large-scale energy savings, as well as a better broadcast quality.
The club has invested to improve lighting in the stadium’s VIP areas too, giving patrons more control over their surroundings.
Juventus has been victorious in Serie A for the past five years in a row, and the new lights were first used at the club’s recent triumph over Fiorentina.
Sports clubs around the world have been switching to LED to provide stadium lighting and Juventus joins a group that includes American football teams the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, as well as Dutch football team PSV Eindhoven and London based Chelsea.