Olympic Stadium – Sportlights

The demands of televising the athletics results in very high light levels on the field of play in order to allow the coverage to include slow-motion high -definition TV. In order to prevent glare for the spectators and competitors and lens flare for the TV camera, the angle that the light falls on the field of play needs to be carefully controlled. Due to the compact design of the stadium and the amount of roof cover, the sports lights needed to be located above the inner edge of the roof. There are 14 lighting paddles (or rigs) placed on top of the tension ring to position the lights in the correct location. Their form reflects the other triangular geometries of the stadium design.

The efficiency of the design allows the embodied energy within the structure and fabric of the roof to be kept to an absolute minimum. It is therefore one of the most significant environmentally sustainable aspects of the stadium design.