Europe’s largest LED cube in operation

On Sunday, 14 August 2016, Europe's largest LED video cube with a display area of over 300 square metres was inaugurated in the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen – bringing new visual splendor to the stadium. The Stuttgart Screen Visions company had been commissioned in March 2015 with the consulting, planning and implementation of the project.

NEW RECORD-BREAKING CUBE AFTER 15 YEARS

In August 2001, the Veltins Arena was opened as the most modern football arena in Europe. In this context, the largest LED cube also celebrated its premiere in the arena. 15 years later, some modernisation work was required. This included replacing the video cube with a new, even larger one – establishing an all-new record. To achieve this goal, Screen Visions as specialist consultants and planners was pulled into the project and commissioned with expert consulting on the LED video cube planning project in March 2015.

 

ON THE WAY TOWARDS EUROPE'S LARGEST LED CUBE

The main objective was a significant quality improvement over the previously installed LED technology. Budget requirements and technical parameters, as well as marketing aspects on the LED cube’s use in terms of content had to be considered throughout the project. At the end of the analysis process, the ideal solution was clear. First, the image resolution would have to be improved by one hundred percent – from the previous 25 millimetres to the current 10 millimetres. Secondly, the previous image display area would have to be almost doubled from 34.7 to 76.3 square metres per cube side. To achieve this goal, however, it had to be ascertained that the weight load placed on the roof would not be increased, since this would have severely restricted the use of the arena in many other areas. In addition to further improvements in signaling and image control, the latest and most modern fire protection system was a prerequisite, which had to meet the requirements for safe fire protection without an active extinguishing system.

 

A TIGHT SCHEDULE: A SEVEN-MONTH IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD

After selecting the most suitable service providers, Screen Visions accompanied and led the next steps to implement the project. Always in view was the tight schedule of only seven months. In addition to monitoring the production and coordination with the authorities, highly detailed arrangements for structural analysis (statics) were necessary. The challenge was that together with the LED cube, several tons of additional lighting and sound equipment would be installed in the roof of the arena. The following solution was determined. In order not to increase the burden on the nodal points for the suspension of the new LED cube, an aluminum support frame was built. Ultimately, this also enabled the active video area to be increased by almost one hundred percent.

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