Zumtobel Group Starts Lighting Partnership with FC Bayern München

The photo shows a visualisation of the planned effect lighting in the inner roof area.

The inside of the Allianz Arena in Munich will shine in an even more vibrant red in the future. Thanks to the comprehensive lighting expertise of the Zumtobel Group, the prestigious stadium of FC Bayern will receive a new modern lighting solution. Its completion is scheduled for 2019. Since the beginning of the new season 2018/19, the Zumtobel Group has also been the exclusive lighting partner of FC Bayern.

“We are proud to have the opportunity as the lighting partner of FC Bayern to present one of the world’s most modern stadiums in a new way with our lighting solutions in the inside and outside areas. Translating the specifications and ideas of the architect and the light designer into tangible products was a major challenge, which we were able to meet thanks to our expertise in stadium lighting and as a full-range supplier. We are pleased to see the Allianz Arena shine in a new light,” said Alfred Felder, CEO Zumtobel Group.

The implementation of the complete lighting solution for the Allianz Arena began at the start of the season 2018/19. With its all-in service, the Zumtobel Group provides one of the most comprehensive offerings in the entire lighting industry. The turnkey lighting solution for the stadium includes the entire project management and project execution, from recording the roof structure, production, delivery and installation to the commissioning of the systems.

During the first phase, the inner ring of the roof, with an impressive circumference of 370 meters and at an installation height of approximately 50 meters above the lawn, will be equipped seamlessly with coloured LED strips. In addition, the radially arranged joints in the roof area will be fitted with coloured LED lines. All LED strips can light up in the RGB colours and in white – if they shine in bright FC Bayern red, a visual fusion of the spectator stands and the roof area with its new lighting technology is created. The replacement of the lighting in the cascading stairways will follow in the next phase. 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 LED lights, Zumtobel SLOTLIGHT infinity IP54.

In the third construction phase, scheduled for 2020, the balloon lights on the esplanade in the outside area of the stadium will be replaced. The new, customised lighting solution is currently being developed in close cooperation with all project partners.

“We are delighted to have found a renowned lighting partner in the Zumtobel Group. The Zumtobel Group contributes its comprehensive expertise and decades of experience and, in addition to an outstanding lighting solution, provides us with the full service we are looking for,” said Managing Director Jürgen Muth, Allianz Arena München Stadion GmbH.

In the crater-like interior of the Allianz Arena, the new lighting concept of the Zumtobel Group unites harmonically with the design language of the building and accentuates its architecture with effective coloured lighting. The architectural masterpiece was designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.

“With around 3.5 million visitors per year, the Allianz Arena has been a football temple and a venue for events since its opening in 2005. The new extensive effect lighting brings an additional emotional component into play for the visitors,” said Andreas Jung, FC Bayern München Executive Board Member.