NORTH LONDON football team Tottenham Hotspur unveils its state-of-the-art LED floodlighting at its new £850 million stadium today.
The lighting at the ambitious 61,559-seat stadium – supplied by US manufacturer Musco – has to comply with tough television standards for both the Premier League and the US National Football League, whose games it will host.
The 324 LED luminaires will be mounted in groups of six on 54 rooftop columns. The roof consists of glass panels that angle over the stands but leave the playing field open.
The optically advanced LED system will require only 450kW of power, which is around 50 per cent less energy consumption than a traditional metal halide floodlighting system.
Virtually all aspects of the LED system have been custom designed and fabricated to match the unique features of the venue. Factory-wired, aimed, and tested luminaires and cross arms were built to meet the specifications at each location, and supporting electronics were remotely mounted in dedicated electrical rooms.
Custom controls for the pitch lighting integrate with other architectural and feature lighting to create pre-match light shows.
Spurs last summer appointed Austrian LED luminaire maker Zumtobel as the lighting partner for the stadium. But the partnership did not include field lighting. Rather, it focused on digital illumination for the ‘fan experience’.
While LED stadium lighting is catching on in many professional sports venues, such as in Major League Baseball and NFL venues, sometimes stadium operators are choosing to upgrade with non-LED systems. LEDs have a major advanage over high-intensity discharge lighting in their ability to 'hot restrike'. In the event of an interruption, HID lamps need to cool down before they can be energised but LEDs can be turned on immediately.
The team is promoting the facility as ‘a world-class sports and entertainment destination’.
Its many modern touches will include an information technology network from Hewlett Packard, a retractable grass field that can give way to artificial turf, several restaurants and clubs including a Sky Lounge with views of the city and a glass-walled ‘Tunnel Club’, a microbrewery, a bakery, and what’s being billed as the UK’s longest bar at around 285 ft.
It also includes a rising single tier of 17,500 seats at one end designed to enhance crowd noise by creating what Spurs calls a ‘wall of sound’.
Tottenham Hotspur’s director of operations Matthew Collecott told Lux: ‘Musco’s experience and ability to provide pioneering solutions for arenas and stadiums around the world gives us the utmost confidence in their capabilities to deliver the best solution for the club’s new stadium.’
- See the latest LED sports luminaires at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition, taking place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019 at London ExCeL. Entry is free. See the full programme and register for a place HERE.