World Cup game is first to be lit with LED

THE FIRST World Cup game to be lit with LED will kick off on Friday.

Egypt will play Uruguay at the Ekateriburg Arena under a new LED lighting installation designed to facilitate 4K and UHDTV transmissions and flicker-free super slow-motion action replays.

From top:  Fisht Stadium (Pic: Oleg Bkhambri Voltmetro); Ekaterinburg Arena and the Mordovia Arena in Saransk

Supplier Signify promised the billions of television viewers worldwide that the cameras would capture ‘all the drama on the pitch, every bead of sweat, taught muscle and grimace’.

The LED pitch lighting can also be controlled and synced to music to create spectacular pre-match entertainment.

Of the 12 stadiums, Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, won the contract to illuminate10 while Italian manufacturer Disano won two.

As well as Ekaterinburg Arena in the city of Yekaterinburg, Signify has lit the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, the Fisht stadium in Sochi as well as the stadiums in Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd and the stands in Samara.

Disano will illuminate the pitch in stadiums in the cities of Samara and Saransk.

Moscow's Luzhniki stadium features a spectacular 39,000 square metre LED media roof which will build excitement for fans across the city by creating unique light shows, before, during and after games.

The lighting system at the spaceship-shaped Cosmos Arena – designed by the German architecture firm GMP – features 324 HID floodlights generating 2000W with narrow, wide, medium and extra large beams.

For the lighting of the stands, the client used 160 Disano Forum 400 W lamps and eight Disano Forum 1000 W lamps.

For the lighting of the stadium of Saransk, some 352 2kW Disano Forum were installed with narrow, wide, medium and extra large beams. The stands are lit with 144 400W Forum lights and eight 1kW Forums.

Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with seven matches being played at each of these stadiums.

Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara will host 6 matches including one quarter-final match apiece, and the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don will host five matches apiece including one round of 16 match each.

Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, and Saransk will host four matches each and none of these cities will host any knockout stage games.


The Mordovia Arena in Saransk – which will host four games – features some 352 2kW Disano Forum projectors with narrow, wide, medium and extra large beams. The stands are lit with 144 400W Forum lights and eight 1kW Forums.

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