The lighting division of UK-based technical solutions provider Adlib has installed architectural lighting at Premier League football club Everton’s Goodison Park ground.
The project focused on creating visual impact for Everton supporters by lighting up the Park End stand ahead of important fixtures versus West Bromwich Albion, Oldham Athletic and Wigan Athletic.
The challenge was finding a location for the lighting fixtures. They could not be placed in the standard positions around the base of the ground as this is swarming with people in the build up to games.
A solution was found in the form of a curtain sider truck, pre-loaded and pre-rigged with all the lighting, which could simply be driven into the correct position and powered up via a generator.
To get the coverage across the whole stand, 30 x Martin MAC 301s, 12 MAC Auras and 12 MAC Vipers were deployed, the latter being used for gobo projections, with the 301s and Aura to wash the general area.
These were all rigged in meat-racks, positioned inside the trailer and anchored to the floor. Once on site and in position, the lights were fired up and pre-set focuses were tweaked, producing a spread of colour and images across the exterior of the Park End stand, with a signature colour of Everton blue.
To complement the main stadium lighting, another 7.5 tonne truck containing 12 x Clay Paky Sharpies was parked up, pointing away from the ground, and used to produce a searchlight effect.
All the lights were programmed and locally controlled via an Avolites Pearl Expert, crewed by one Adlib technician and one of their new apprentices.