Hampden Park upgrades to LED lighting ahead of Euro 2020


Hampden Park in Glasgow has installed a state-of-the-art lighting system to improve fan experience within Scotland’s National Stadium ahead of its hosting of UEFA Euro 2020 matches.

The cutting-edge floodlights, installed by Musco Lighting Europe Limited, can be synchronized with the stadium’s sound system and video screens to create pre-match, halftime, and post-match light shows.

In preparation for hosting this global event, the stadium needed a new lighting system that would meet the UEFA Elite A Category standards, the highest requirements set forth by UEFA. Additionally, the most advanced special effects lighting technology was sought to create a new level of entertainment experience for players and fans in the stadium.

Following a detailed tender process with industry leaders in LED field of play sports lighting, Musco Lighting Europe Limited was appointed and successfully delivered the new system in March this year, just prior to the postponement of the tournament due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

The new, customized lighting system features Musco’s Total Light Control—TLC for LED technology. With a reduction in the number of fixtures and wattage from the stadium’s previous lighting, it will help cut energy consumption by more than 40 percent. At the same time, the more efficient LED light source technology will improve light levels and uniformity on the pitch. The new LEDs provide ‘flicker free’ floodlights for broadcasters filming in 4k and UHD and utilise DMX Gateway controls to allow pre-set dimming and theatrical effects to integrate Musco’s Showlight+  entertainment package, which creates cutting-edge light shows and special effects scenes including shows with individual fixtures synchronized to music for exciting pre-match, halftime, and post-match celebrations. The special effects lighting will integrate with the stadium’s Daktronics video screens.

The upgrading of Hampden Park’s floodlights is just one of the infrastructure upgrade projects that have been completed to prepare the stadium for hosting 4 UEFA European Championship matches, which will be held in June 2021.

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