SEA Games OC supported with single biggest BMFL deployment
SINGAPORE: Taking place at the 55,000-capacity Singapore National Stadium, the opening ceremony for the 28th South East Asian Games was supported with equipment from Robe and Christie, with nearly 500 of the Czech manufacturer’s BMFL fixtures called into action by Showtec Communications Pte Ltd.
LD Mac Chan was asked to provide the event’s lighting and reportedly opted for the Robe fixtures due to their ‘incredible output’. Following Mr Chan’s confirmation, Showtech invested in more than 700 BMFL with the majority destined for the National Stadium.
A total of 360 BMFL Blades were rigged on eight trusses running the length of the pitch on both sides, while 100 BMFL spots were located on four trusses, two at each end of the stadium roof. Combined, these were required to illuminate an area spanning 160m by 95m. The BMFL Blades were used as Mr Chan’s key lighting for the whole floor area and also for illuminating the audience. The framing shutters on the Blade fixtures reportedly allowed him to divide up the pitch area into precise ‘slices of light’.
‘To have this flexibility and adaptability with the fixtures was incredible,’ commented Mr Chan, adding that working in close collaboration with projection specialists Hexogon to support the field of play projections was an intricate task for him and his team.
The 4K projections were delivered via 160 Christie 20K Roadster projectors positioned around the back of the upper ring of stadium seats and concentrated in the centre of the field of play, and for much of the event bordered by a ‘ring of light’ from the BMFL Blades. The 100 BMFL Spots attached to the end-trusses were primarily used to illuminate the multi-layered stage in the middle of the field, which featured story-telling and ceremonial action played out by a cast of several thousand.
A grandMA2 system was used to control all the lighting, which also included some other moving lights and LED pixels embedded in the stage. Separate lighting systems – also supplied by Showtec – were installed outside the stadium to light the final stages of the torch relay and the cauldron.
‘The show looked incredible,’ enthused Robe’s Josef Valchar, who attended the opening ceremony. ‘I was extremely proud to see so many fixtures on one show and that Mac trusted a brand new light on such an important and grand scale event. It was also a great endorsement of the Robe brand for Showtec to make such a major investment in our products.’