Zumtobel lights Borussia Dortmund

BVB Dortmund, Zumtobel. Photography by Faruk Pinjo, 2019

Zumtobel Group has equipped Signal Iduna Park, the stadium of top Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund (BVB), with an advanced LED floodlight system. The lighting solution from the Group’s Thorn brand meets all of the requirements both for the Bundesliga and for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 tournament – the stadium in Dortmund has been selected as one of 10 venues for Euro 2024.

With a capacity of more than 81,000, the Signal Iduna Park is the largest football stadium in Germany. It is an iconic venue, lauded by fans around the world for its famous Yellow Wall and exhilarating atmosphere.

Borussia Dortmund benefited from the Zumtobel Group’s turnkey service – an all-inclusive package ranging from lighting planning and project management during implementation to commissioning.

“We installed a turnkey lighting solution that meets the highest international standards”, said Stefan Thiel, Business Development Manager forZumtobel Group. “The new LED floodlights with modern lighting technology offer the best lighting quality. Their brilliant colour reproduction as well as their flicker-free operation are especially needed for super-slow-motion HDTV-broadcast.”

The new solution includes 252 Thorn ALTIS LED floodlights that ensure flicker-free operation to support HDTV-broadcasting and super-slow-motion with their superior colour rendering. All 252 floodlights are connected to a common IP-based control system via the DMX interface of their control gear. The basis for immediate controllability and dynamic lighting effects in real time is a fibre optic network specially installed for this purpose.

Thorn has a long and successful track record as a trusted global supplier of professional as well as recreational sports lighting solutions. It has extensive experience in designing tailored illumination systems for special sports applications, including field of play lighting, using solutions that optimally combine aesthetics, optical performance, energy consumption, durability and easy maintenance.

The new floodlight system is the latest in a series of lighting projects that Zumtobel has already realised for Borussia Dortmund. Zumtobel implemented the LED lighting concept for the BVB FanWorld shop in 2014, as well as other fan shops of the club; in 2017, Zumtobel redesigned the Signal Iduna Park’s lighting in the main grandstand and the VIP entrance area; in the same year it relit the Dortmund-Brackel training centre; and recently Zumtobel Group has completely redesigned the entire interior lighting experience of the stadium.

“With the new highly modern floodlight, we have sustainably invested in the basic technical equipment of the stadium,” says Dr Christian Hockenjos, Borussia Dortmund’s Director Organisation. “With 2100 lux in the direction of the cameras, we now clearly exceed the DFL minimum requirements and already meet the UEFA requirements for the EURO 2024.”