Shining a light on EURO 2012

2012-11-28 - 60,000 football fans enjoyed ideal lighting conditions throughout the Group matches and during the knockout stages with centralized, intelligent lighting controls for large spaces
As the 14th UEFA European Football Championship EURO 2012, kicked off, all eyes were on Poland, one of the hosts of the event, where 16 teams were battling it out for the coveted trophy.

On June 9, 2012, 30,000 football fans gathered beneath the lights controlled by ABB’s i-bus® KNX technology at the Arena Lviv stadium in the Ukraine while watching Germany play Portugal at Arena Lviv, a dedicated football stadium and one of eight around the world to host UEFA’s Euro 2012.

Although the stadium was reputed to be the smallest venue, rather than its size counting against it, it proved to be an added attraction for football fans for an up close look at the action on the pitch. During the three Group B matches, in the evenings, fans and players alike, depended on optimal lighting throughout the stadium, creating bright moments off the field. Our control system ensured that no one had to sit or play in the dark. It provided centralized control of lighting systems and, through its intelligent software provided energy-efficient lighting by optimizing the brightness of the stadium to suit the natural light conditions.


On June 11, Sweden played Ukraine in the first of the tournament matches at the Stadium, in Kiev. At this stadium 60,000 football fans enjoyed ideal lighting conditions throughout the group’s matches and during the knockout stages.

One hundred i-bus KNX DALI gateways connected the lighting systems in the stadium from the locker rooms to the VIP lounge and the KNX-based building control system helped rapidly control the brightness and light so that the fans got the best football experience.

Many English and French football fans had already experienced optimal lighting at the airport of Donetsk, Ukraine, where our modern building system technologies controlled the lights, and guided football fans towards their group matches.

ABB has been part of such big events in stadiums similar to those used in the Euro Cup on earlier occasions, like the 2010 World Cup. At this event we supplied dry-type transformers which served the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, which has a retractable roof and a seating capacity of 68,000. Similar transformers in the 500 to 1000 kVA range have been installed in the Soccer City stadium, located in Soweto, Johannesburg. This stadium, with a seating capacity of around 100,000, was the focal point of the tournament and was chosen as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and key matches of the tournament.

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