Dublin’s Aviva stadium goes LED

IN ANOTHER spectacular coup for US sports lighting company Musco, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium’s HID lighting has been converted to LED.

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While that system was still performing well, the technology of Musco’s system using the LED light source offers a number of key new benefits, including the ability to turn the stadium’s lighting on and off instantly, improving match continuity and efficiency. Pic: William Murphy via FlickrMedia Commons

The venue - famous for Six Nations Rugby clashes and international football fixtures – is a venue for Euro 2020 matches, and the new lighting needs to meet the distinctive lighting requirements of UEFA, FIFA, and World Rugby.

Musco installed the original lighting system at Aviva when it was built in 2010, which utilised a HID light source.

While that system was still performing well, the technology of Musco’s system using the LED light source offers a number of key new benefits, including the ability to turn the stadium’s lighting on and off instantly, improving match continuity and efficiency.

The system also features patented fixture ‘visoring’ that improves light control and minimises the impact of glare, as well as innovative lighting controls by StadiumFX, providing a range of special effects scenes and light shows with light-to-sound synchronisation.

Installation was handled by McSherry Electrical, which also installed the stadium’s original HID lighting, allowing for a depth of knowledge of Aviva’s structural environment as well as Musco’s technology and team.

‘Aviva Stadium is a unique international venue with a rich history and longstanding commitment to providing exceptional experiences,’ stadium director Martin Murphy told Lux. ‘As we continue to evolve the stadium and stay at the forefront of sports and entertainment, it’s vital to install a lighting system with the most advanced technology, capable of providing the best possible experience for players and spectators, meet the enhanced light levels required for a variety of sanctioning bodies, and produce exciting new special effects scenes and light shows.’

Aviva Stadium operations and project managers conducted research into a range of potential options from a variety of manufacturers.

‘We’re very familiar with Musco and its reputation for designing stadium lighting systems,’ Project Director Michael Greene said. ‘In addition the long-term warranty means we won’t have to concern ourselves with maintenance costs well into the future.’

The lighting at Aviva is Musco’s same system-based LED technology that’s been installed at other venues throughout Europe and around the world, including Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Manchester Arena, Twickenham Stadium, and Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

‘Aviva Stadium hosts all kinds of different sports and entertainment events throughout the year, many of which are international in scale and draw a global audience,’ said Jeff Rogers, president of Musco World. ‘We worked closely with their team and our partners at McSherry Electrical and StadiumFX to deliver a customised LED system that will meet the unique lighting needs for all of those events and provide an unforgettable entertainment experience for fans.’

The Aviva Stadium has a capacity for 51,700 spectators and is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007.

 

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