Just in time for the start of the European football top tier on 18 September 2019, the interior of the Allianz Arena in Munich shone brightly in an even more vibrant FC Bayern red. During the evening, the new effect lighting was officially turned on by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Chairman of the Executive Board of FC Bayern München AG, and Alfred Felder, CEO of the Zumtobel Group.
With its comprehensive lighting expertise, the Zumtobel Group redesigned the inner roof area of the Allianz Arena, one of the world’s most modern stadiums, with new lighting technology. The lighting group is implementing a complete lighting solution in several areas of the Allianz Arena. The first part, the inner roof area, has now been completed with the lights officially turned on for the occasion of the game against Belgrade.
“The Zumtobel Group has realised a very sophisticated customised lighting solution during the first construction phase. We are proud to contribute decades of experience and expertise as a full-range supplier and are delighted to now see the Allianz Arena shine in vibrant FC Bayern red,” says Alfred Felder, CEO Zumtobel Group.
Details on the implemented lighting solution
During the first construction phase, the inner ring of the roof was seamlessly equipped with LED strips. The ring of the roof has an impressive circumference of 370 metres and is located at an installation height of approximately 50 metres above the lawn. In addition, the radially arranged joints in the roof area were fitted with LED lines. The LED strips, which can be programmed to shine in different colour schemes, create a new visual and emotional element in the interior of the stadium with their light display. Shining in vibrant FC Bayern red, the roof area with its new lighting technology merges in colour with the spectator stands of the Allianz Arena. In addition, the new effective lighting of the Zumtobel Group in the crater-like interior of the Allianz Arena blends in with the design language of the building and accentuates its architecture. The architectural masterpiece was designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.
The turnkey solution for the stadium includes the entire project management and project execution, which ranges from production, delivery and installation to the commissioning of the systems. With its all-in service, the Zumtobel Group provides one of the most comprehensive offerings in the entire lighting industry.
“A great compliment to our partner the Zumtobel Group, who will add even more emotion to the Allianz Arena with its new effect lighting. The unique lighting design in the roof area will give the fans on the spectator stands a completely new stadium feeling,” says Andreas Jung, FC Bayern München AG Executive Board Member.
“Thanks to the Zumtobel Group as our lighting partner, the interior of the arena will shine in an even brighter FC Bayern red. Every football fan should see that this is the home of FC Bayern München. The new lighting solution is based on state-of-the-art LED technology and guarantees the best lighting quality with maximum energy efficiency,” says Managing Director Jürgen Muth, Allianz Arena München Stadion GmbH.
Next lighting steps
During the next phase, the lighting of the cascading stairways will be renewed. In doing so, the initial installation, which consists of lights with fluorescent lamps from the year 2005, will be replaced by a new lighting system with energy-efficient Zumtobel LED luminaires. In the last construction phase, scheduled for 2020, the “balloon lights” on the esplanade in the outside area of the stadium will be replaced.