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The Dutch won’t compete in this month’s World Championship, but nevertheless they will be visible in 10 of the 12 stadiums that will be used as venues for this summer’s soccer tournament in Russia. Moreover, thanks to Dutch lighting company Signify, all the competing countries’ teams will be better visible than ever. The stadiums include Luzhniki (Moscow), Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg), Fisht (Sochi), Ekaterinburg Arena (Yekaterinburg), as well as soccer stadiums in Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd and Samara.

Signify’s LED pitch lighting is used at the Ekaterinburg Arena. “The state-of the-art LED lighting provides soccer players and fans with the best quality of light and is ideal for 4K TV transmissions and UHDTV super slow-motion action replays for the billions of television viewers wanting to capture all the drama on the pitch”, Signify says in a statement. The LED pitch lighting can also be controlled and synced to music to create pre-match entertainment.

Signify’s lighting is also used to light stadium façades, adding to the atmosphere and spectacle for fans attending the matches. One unique installation is at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, where a 39,000 square meter LED media roof was installed. “This façade will build excitement for fans across the city by creating unique light shows, before, during and after games.”

“We have more than 80 years of experience in lighting sports events and are recognised as the world leader in sports illumination”, said Sergey Karpov, Head of sport lighting of Signify in Russia. “Through these installations, fans and television viewers around the world will enjoy their favourite game while soccer players on the field will get the optimum visibility.”