Philips is partnering FC Bayern Munich, the German soccer champions, and its home stadium Allianz Arena, to make the stadium the first in Germany, and the largest in Europe, to feature a dynamic light show made possible by energy efficient connected LED lighting. As part of a three-year agreement, Philips will also become a sponsor of the Allianz Arena and the official lighting partner for FC Bayern Munich.
The 71,137 capacity stadium has a façade comprising the world’s largest membrane outer shell which stands 35m tall and covers roughly 29,000 square meters. This will be a gigantic canvas for coloured lighting patterns and animations, giving fans and visitors a unique and unforgettable stadium experience. In the future, 380,000 LEDs within 8,000 Philips ColorGraze fixtures will allow the arena to showcase more than just static images. The new LED system will also be 60% more energy efficient than conventional lighting.
"We will expand the palette from three to 16 million colours. There will be plenty of light scenarios possible with which the Allianz Arena will be able to create unique moods,” said Roger Karner, managing director of Philips Lighting in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The partners have already developed the first design concepts and will continue to develop them with the relevant government departments.
This latest innovation from Philips is part of a fully connected lighting network. Every single point of light can be precisely controlled in real-time. Colour gradients and animated interplays of colour can even be created from within the 1,056 illuminated segments that make up the façade.
By using controllable Philips LEDs, the stadium will lower the amount of energy it consumes from lighting by around 60%. This amounts to an annual saving of about 362 tons of CO2. In addition, the long-life of LEDs means less maintenance is required.