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Philips to Shed New Light on German Soccer in 2017

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

While a large number of American’s don’t give a rats ass about soccer (football), the rest of the world treats the sport as an essential piece of life. It is also a sport that has somehow stuck to its roots without letting technology completely change the rules of the game, but that doesn’t mean teams aren’t willing to enhance the game in other ways for their fans in the stadium or at home. With help from Philips, VfL Wolfsburg will step up their visual flare to become the first Bundesliga team to have their stadium enhanced with a synchronized LED lighting system when they return from winter break, shedding new light on the game for all viewers.

Philips is bringing their LED pitch lighting to Volkswagen Arena, to enhance the game with moving spotlights that sync with the stadium video and perimeter message displays to create lighting effects that will take the sport to a whole new level visually. For those watching at home, Philips says the lighting will actually bring out more detail on the field and will also put an end to flickering slow-motion replays.

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Roger Karner, managing director of Philips Lighting DACH, explained the technology, saying:

“Together with VfL Wolfsburg, we aim to create the ultimate entertainment experience in the stadium, allowing fans to enjoy the match to the fullest – from arrival at the venue to the final whistle. The LED lighting technology meets the strict UEFA and Bundesliga standards for international TV broadcasters, enabling cameras to capture the smallest details and slightest movements of the players on camera.”

VfL Wolfsburg will put the new system to the test when they return for a home game match against Hamburger SV on January 21, 2017.

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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