Marseille’s Orange Velodrome is largest 100% LED stadium in France


The Orange Velodrome, which is home to French soccer side Olympique de Marseille, has installed a new LED lighting system for a new entertainment experience on gamedays.

The 67,000-seat stadium has a connected lighting system that integrates light, sound and animations for an immersive experience that can even replicate a Mexican wave through a real wave motion.

Designed and supplied by Signify, it is the largest 100% LED stadium in France, with LEDs installed in the stands and on the field and is able to offer the stadium the latest standards of lighting for international sports and broadcasting. The lighting includes 316 Philips ArenaVision LED projectors for pitch lighting and 60 Philips ArenaVision LED projectors for the stands. All projectors are controlled by the Interact Sports system.

“The Philips ArenaVision LEDs connected to the Interact Sports system, offer an exclusive animation tool to the supporters of the Orange Velodrome, spectators and citizens of Marseille. Coupled with the new sound system, it delivers an unforgettable match experience. This brings immersion, resonance, thrill and pride. The first tests with the supporters, highlighting their creations and animations, are very positive, and we welcome their ideas in order to give Marseille and OM a reputation worthy of the greatest,” said Thierry Aldebert, deputy general manager of Olympique de Marseille, in charge of operations.

As well as entertainment, it presents the venue a more sustainable and environmental benefit.

“The system also supports the stadium in achieving its responsible and environmental goals enabling durability through longevity and significantly reduce maintenance. In addition, we’ve signed a 15-year service contract ensuring continuous performance of the lighting installation,” said Thomas Bozek, head of professional sales of Signify France.

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