October 23, 2009
“Ring of fire”: Testing Cape Town Stadium’s roof floodlights
The lighting system of Cape Town Stadium is integrated into the inner ring of the stadium’s glass roof. On October 20, Cape Town was treated to the first glimpse of what this magnificent stadium will look like on match days next year, when the city will switch on the 360 inner spotlights – the so-called “ring of fire” that will light up the pitch for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
It was hard to capture the event on camera, as the light was extremely bright. However, once the lights have been individually synchronised using a light meter positioned on the pitch, the light will be softer. The as yet unfinished PVC facade will also work to defuse the light.
A closer look (while 200 of the 360 lights blaze away) reveals the transparency of the stadium’s outer skin – the PVC membrane – which makes up the facade.
This photograph of the Cape Town Stadium was taken during the “blue hour” on September 3.
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Images © Joanne 2009