Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) today announced that the company will light the majority of football stadiums in Ukraine and Poland, including the Olympic stadium of Kiev (NSC Olimpiyskiy). These stadiums are, amongst other, venues for the European football championship this year during this the June/July football tournament.
Philips’ latest innovations are tailor-made for HDTV quality and contribute to enhancing the viewing experience for players, spectators and TV viewers. The installed Philips lighting includes pitch and façade lighting, illuminating six of the eight stadiums (Donbass Arena, Metalist stadium Kharkiv, Arena Lviv, Poznan City stadium, Municipal stadium Wroclaw and Kiev Olympic stadium) that will be hosting the games.
“Philips and sports lighting have been a winning combination for a long time and with our world leadership in energy-efficient lighting solutions we will continue to build on that relationship,‘’ said Philips Lighting Chief Executive Officer Eric Rondolat. “Sport is about performance and emotions. Philips captures the performance and emotions so that millions of people can be enjoying the matches. I am very proud that our lights will illuminate the main stadiums in Ukraine and Poland, including the Olympic stadium in Kiev. I will be watching the game at home, with friends and family, and I know that our lighting will help make this a great experience.”
It is vital that the lighting systems accommodate the stringent demands of TV broadcasters in capturing the details and emotion of the sports event. The ArenaVision floodlights also give live spectators the best possible viewing experience from every seat in the stadium. In addition, good and unobtrusive lighting help players and referees deliver the best performance.
Kiev Olympic Stadium
Philips provided the Olympic stadium in Kiev, the largest stadium in Ukraine, able to host 60,000 spectators, with tailor-made lighting systems. The system includes a total of 608 Philips ArenaVision sport floodlights. For the stadium in Kiev, Philips designed the lighting concept combining functional and decorative solutions to create the effect of a “ring of fire” on the stadium’s roof edge and we performed lighting calculations and reconciled power and control systems. Next to that, Philips supervised the installation, including the targeting, commissioning works, lighting design measurements in cooperation with partner organizations.
Philips also lights technical and public areas. As a result, Philips floodlight equipment illuminates the football field, the racetracks and the sectors in accordance to FIFA¹, UEFA², GAISF/IAAF³ standards for TV broadcasting of football matches and athletic competitions.
Drawing attention to the problem of sudden cardiac arrest in crowded places, Philips is also supplying HeartStart FRx mobile defibrillators to Kiev’s Olympic stadium to treat life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Philips will hold the first aid trainings for the stadium staff, including trainings on how to use the defibrillators in emergency situations.
Philips’ ArenaVision sports lighting already equips more than half of the world’s major football stadiums. Philips has long pioneered lighting innovation in sports, from the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo to the first Formula One (F1) night race. For years, Philips has been the technical partner of international sports federations such as IAAF (athletics), FIFA and FIBA (basketball). Through these partnerships, Philips has helped to draw up official specifications and guidelines for floodlighting in sporting venues.