Philips Lighting has announced that it will integrate an LED lighting system at French top-flight soccer side Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium.
The Ligue 1 side’s 59,000-capacity venue will be the first in France to use LED pitch and grandstand lighting with moving entertainment colour spots. The new technology is expected to enhance spectator experience through light shows during pre-match and half time entertainment.
Additionally, LED lighting allows fans watching on television to view the action in ultra-high definition. The system is expected to be implemented in time for the start of the 2017/18 season.
Xavier Pierrot, stadium manager of the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, said: “With the implementation of the LED lighting technology and control technology developed by Philips Lighting at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, we will continue to develop and invest in the stadium as the key event venue in the Lyon metropolitan area.
“We want to offer a whole new dimension to the experience of our spectators. This investment demonstrates once again the commitment of Parc Olympique Lyonnais to be one of the world's recognised venues for the organisation and staging of major international sports and entertainment events.”
Christophe Guidon, public sales director for Philips Lighting in France, added: “Dramatic light shows may be created using the combination of the Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting system and moving colour spots. Through this innovative lighting system, we are contributing to the development of Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
“We are proud of this collaboration to create new standards for both the stadium experience and viewers on TV. This technology, synonymous with durability and extreme flexibility, paves the way for a new standard for sports lighting and raises the bar higher for stadiums around the world.”
Lyon finished fourth in Ligue 1 in 2016/17, qualifying for the 2017/18 edition of the Uefa Europa League, European soccer’s second-tier competition.