Another major sports team is making the switch to LED stadium lighting, as Spanish soccer team Sevilla FC (Seville Football Club) will open its season under new field illumination from Philips. Both Philips and Sevilla heralded the lights more for supporting quality TV broadcasts than for energy savings.
Seville's 42,500-seat, 59-year-old Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is installing 360 Philips ArenaVision LED fixtures for the playing area, and 8 network-controlled Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 movable color spots for entertainment lighting, including the Philips NEO lighting console. The lights are expected to be ready when the season opens, which is in August; Sevilla and the other major league Spanish teams have not yet released their schedules.
The LED lights will replace ceramic metal halide.
In a joint press release, neither Philips nor Sevilla FC mentioned anything about energy savings — long a prime motivator for end users to switch from conventional sources to LED lighting, which is known for low power consumption.
Rather, they emphasized that the new lighting supports ultrahigh-definition television broadcasting standards, also known as 4K.