Lighting up the stadium of the future


    October 5, 2020


    Cutting edge lighting project from Interact Sports kicks off at Red Bull Arena, the home of RB Leipzig


    It’s been some months since the majority of football fans have been able to experience the true joy and excitement of the stadium atmosphere.


    But while most of us have had to settle for watching from the couch, the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, home to RB Leipzig, has partnered with Signify to take their live stadium experience to the next level, and take care of players, employees, and fans’ safety, too.

    Unforgettable football moments

    At the heart of the Red Bull Arena’s new lighting system is the Interact connected lighting solution. Interact Sports makes it possible for lighting across the entire stadium to be controlled through one dashboard, from the pitch, to the catering areas, to the façade. 
    Since last season, every moment of the action has been rendered crystal clear, flicker-free and compliant with international broadcasting standards with Philips ArenaVision LED floodlights. As part of the project, the new stadium fan shop and individual hospitality areas will also enjoy an upgraded lighting experience, all connected through Interact Sports.

    Interact Sports makes it possible for lighting across the entire stadium to be controlled through one dashboard, from the pitch, to the catering areas, to the façade"

    That’s not all that’s changed. For the new season, the south façade of the Red Bull Arena will be illuminated in the club’s colors. Color Kinetics lights, controlled via Interact, can create stunning new light scenes to celebrate special occasions, events, or international games, bringing the excitement of the stadium to the surrounding area.
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    Spotlight on safety

    The health department of the City of Leipzig has worked closely with RB Leipzig to ensure that safety and hygiene will be given the utmost care once fans begin to return to the stadium. Signify’s UV-C disinfection lighting work by deactivating the DNA and RNA of microorganisms like bacteria and viruses, including the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. At the Red Bull Arena, UV-C will be used to disinfect surfaces and indoor air at various areas of the commercial buildings and the stadium, including the players’ dressing rooms.

    Electric atmosphere

    It’s not just the stadium, either. The home of eSports team RBLZ Gaming has also had a special upgrade. The team will enjoy the latest generation of the Philips Hue entertainment lighting system, creating a truly immersive lighting experience that eSports fans can enjoy at home, too.


    "With the new connected lighting system from Signify, we’re offering our visitors and television viewers the full emotion and dynamics of the game and a great football experience," said Matthias Reichwald, Chief Commercial Officer of RB Leipzig. "Thanks to the longevity of LEDs and the reliability of the systems, we can, on the one hand, save energy consumption and costs and, on the other hand, reduce maintenance costs during operation."

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    About the author:

    Annie Macfarlane

    Annie Macfarlane


    Global Integrated Communications

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Integrated Communications
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17

    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2019 sales of EUR 6.2 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 20172018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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