Dublin’s Aviva Stadium has installed a new LED lighting system to step up its match-day experience ahead of next year’s UEFA European Championships.

Aviva Stadium will be one of 12 host venues at Euro 2020 and is scheduled to stage three group-stage matches and one round-of-16 tie.

The stadium’s board has opted to install a new advanced lighting system for the tournament that will also be suitable for other events it stages. The 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium serves as the home of Ireland’s national football and rugby union teams, and also hosts a number of high-profile music concerts.

Various manufacturers were considered for the new system and Aviva Stadium eventually decided on Musco Sports Lighting’s ‘Total Light Control – TLC for LED’ system. Musco installed Aviva Stadium’s original lighting system, which utilised a high intensity discharge (HID) light source, when the venue was built in 2010.

The upgraded system will include the ability turn the stadium’s lighting on and off instantly to improve match continuity and efficiency. Patented fixture visoring will also improve the stadium’s light control and minimise the impact of glare, while lighting controls by StadiumFX will provide a range of special effects scenes and light shows with light-to-sound synchronisation.

The new system was installed by McSherry Electrical, which also fitted the original system.

“We’re very familiar with Musco and its exceptional reputation for designing stadium lighting systems,” project director Michael Greene said. “They bring proven expertise when it comes to LED technology, minimising glare, and managing the many different challenges of this project.

“In addition, the long-term warranty means we won’t have to concern ourselves with maintenance costs well into the future. Once again, they proved to be an ideal partner.”

Stadium director Martin Murphy added: “Aviva Stadium is a unique international venue with a rich history and long-standing commitment to providing exceptional experiences.

“As we continue to evolve the stadium and stay at the forefront of sports and entertainment, it was vital to install a lighting system with the most advanced technology, capable of providing the best possible experience for players and spectators, meet the enhanced light levels required for a variety of sanctioning bodies, and produce exciting new special effects scenes and light shows.”

Musco has also fitted the same system-based LED technology at other stadia across Europe, including Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground, Emirates Stadium, Manchester Arena, Twickenham Stadium and Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

Euro 2020 will take place in 12 cities across Europe from June 12 to July 12. London’s Wembley Stadium will stage the semi-finals and final, with other host cities including Munich, Saint Petersburg, Glasgow, Rome, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bucharest and Baku.

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