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Next-generation LED lighting to transform Olympique Lyonnais’ Parc OL

Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, have announced that the stadium lighting in Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Parc OL) will change to LED lighting.

The 59,286-capacity Parc OL – home to French Ligue 1 club, Olympique Lyonnais – is the first stadium in France to integrate dynamic LED pitch and grandstand lighting with moving entertainment colour spots. This combination offers exceptional pitch lighting at sporting events, and the ability to enrich the fan experience through dazzling light shows during a diverse range of entertainment events from pre-match and half time shows to concerts and much more.
Xavier Pierrot, Stadium Manager at Parc OL, said:
With the implementation of the LED lighting technology and control technology developed by Philips Lighting at Parc OL, 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 OL to be one of the world’s recognised venues for the organisation and staging of major international sports and entertainment events.
Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most popular football teams in France, regularly engaged in European competitions. Given that the new Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting system meets the latest standards of sports federations and international broadcasters, fans at home and in the stadium will be able to follow every detail of the game in ultra-high definition, appreciating the slightest gestures and emotions of the players in real-time and in super slow-motion replays, also available in the Parc OL app. This is because the LED technology overcomes the flicker commonly associated with older, conventional lighting systems.
Unlike conventional pitch lighting, which can be slow to reach full brightness, Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting is instant. This allows clubs to quickly adapt the lighting to their needs, for instance by dimming or switching off lighting so that selected parts of the pitch are lit for training or maintenance. Furthermore, the lighting is fully programmable and easy to control, allowing users to create spectacular light shows adding to the pre-match excitement and the fan experience. The integration of Philips Entertainment moving colour spots – already used effectively at the Amsterdam Arena and Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg – is a first for France. It will not only add to the fan experience but also make the stadium an even more attractive venue for hosting other sports and entertainment events.
Christophe Guidon, Public Sales Director for Philips Lighting in France, said:
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 OL. 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.
The pitch lighting itself comprises: 260 Philips ArenaVision LED gen2 fixtures; 20 Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 moving color projectors; 66 Philips ClearFlood Large fixtures (used in the grandstands) – all of which are controlled by Philips Strand NEO control and network system. The implementation of the LED lighting will be ready for Lyon’s first match of the French football season on August 5, 2017.
Image, courtesy: ©Parc OL / Populous / Intens-Cité / Paul Thouvenin
Parc OL was host for the ESSMA Summit 2017 and Philips is one of ESSMA’s Stadium Partners. The venue was designed by world-renowned sports architecture practice, Populous.

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