Worldwide Olympic Partner GE will help light up the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by installing a state-of-the-art lighting system at the city’s redeveloped Maracanã Stadium.
The iconic venue – which will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Games, as well as the football finals – was originally built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, but has been completely renovated ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup, which will be also hosted by Brazil.
The new lighting system includes nearly 400 GE EF2000 floodlights to illuminate the field, offering a much clearer and sharper visual experience for athletes, spectators and television viewers around the world. The system will help provide uniform and consistent lighting to eliminate shadows and offer perfect visibility anywhere on the field – a crucial element for players’ performance, as well as high-definition television broadcasts. The GE Lighting system also makes it possible to control glare and reduce sky-glow, helping to concentrate light on the field.
“We are very pleased to embrace the opportunity to contribute our expertise to lighting this monument to world soccer,” said Alexandre Ferrari, General Manager, GE Lighting, Brazil. “We have been present at many moments in the stadium’s history, including its inauguration in 1950, and we are participating in this new phase, which represents a milestone in the development and modernisation of the country’s infrastructure – and, of course, a gift to all of us who love the sport.”
Each of 396 floodlights at the stadium uses metal halide technology with a 2,000-watt capacity, ensuring superb visibility on and off the field. EF2000 floodlights are designed to illuminate large outdoor spaces such as sporting venues, racetracks, parking lots, recreational areas, façades, ports and airports, as well as high-ceilinged indoor spaces such as gymnasiums and performance halls. The same system was used at London’s Riverbank Arena, which hosted hockey matches during the 2012 Olympic Games.