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Allianz Riviera Stadium, Nice, France

  • Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
  • Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
  • Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
  • Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    The use of a mix of distributions, each optimised for a specific task, ensures all relevant target areas are correctly lit with minimum waste light and maximum efficiency.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    The chosen luminaires use light sources with a high efficacy. Combined with precision optics and the use of various baffles to eliminate waste/upward light, this provides a high system efficacy.

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    The creation of four pitch lighting modes (1000 lux to 2000 lux) allows the correct light level to be set. This reduces light levels and therefore energy consumption for a significant proportion of time.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Thorn gets Allianz Riviera stadium fit for Euro 2016 with sports floodlighting

Opened in September 2013, the Allianz Riviera in Nice, France, represents the next generation of stadia. With a 35,000-seat capacity, it will host several matches in the UEFA Euro 2016 finals. It also boasts an extensive and varied programme of sporting and cultural events, concerts and shows, as well as being home to the national sports museum.

VINCI, a returning customer and leading player in building and operating the hosting Euro 2016 stadia, approached Thorn with a requirement to provide Allianz Riviera's pitch and exterior sports and area lighting.

Virginie Ameingual, Technical sales at Thorn Lighting explains: "The project was won on the basis of VINCI's confidence in Thorn's extensive stadium lighting experience. In particular, Thorn was able to reassure VINCI that it would achieve the stringent photometric results requested by FIFA for horizontal and vertical lighting."

Mundial and Areaflood selected for sports and area lighting

Thorn's Mundial and Areaflood luminaires were selected for the stadium's floodlighting, with Mundial being used for the pitch and Areaflood for the exterior concourse. Mundial is a high power, high performance floodlight specifically designed for sporting applications. For this application, various precision optics have been used to achieve uniformity and combined with baffles to eliminate glare and upward light spill.

Areaflood is a reliable, general purpose area floodlight with superior optical performance and light control. Its accurate optical system with integrated visor effectively controls obtrusive light (0 cd at 90°).

Correct and efficient sports lighting with task/ scene setting

This sports lighting scheme benefits from task/scene setting to allow the stadium to set one of four pitch lighting modes. Mode 1 lights the pitch to 2000 lux, meeting the Euro 2016 requirements. Mode 2 lights the pitch to 1600 lux, meeting national and first league requirements. Finally, mode 3 and 4 light the pitch to 1400 lux and 1000 lux respectively. These modes allow lower levels of lighting to be set as permitted. As well as ensuring the correct light level is used, the various modes allow energy consumption to be minimised when possible.

Sales Director Mediterranean Region Jean-Luc Allemand explains "We are very pleased to have participated in the lighting for this prestigious achievement. This is the result of close collaboration between Vinci and Thorn, from the design to the implementation."

Key facts

• Pitch size: 105x68m
• Lighting level: 2000 lux
• Horizontal illumination: 2577 lux