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Full Vari-Lite rig illuminates Saudi Cup Final celebrations

Full Vari-Lite rig illuminates Saudi Cup Final celebrations

Full Vari-Lite rig illuminates Saudi Cup Final celebrations

Saudi Arabia:

The Maestro Group called upon lighting fixtures from Vari-Lite to light the King Cup Final in Riyadh. The highlight of the Saudi soccer season, the final was held at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium and included three separate shows – five minutes of pre-match entertainment, a 17-minute half-time show and post-show entertainment including an hour-long set by Saudi popstar, Rabeh Sager. Lighting designer Koert Vermeulen’s creation utilised 350 Vari-Lite fixtures, including 100 new VL10 BeamWash and 100 fixtures from the LED-based VLZ range.

Vermeulen, of Belgium-based consultancy ACTLD, is no stranger to the challenges of designing on a stadium scale, and the variety of demands it makes of a lighting rig. Using six different Vari-Lite models, he created a dynamic and flexible show lighting environment for both live audience and television cameras, encompassing the pitch and performance area, the audience seating and the stadium structure. ‘We are collaborating with the artistic director, Haitham Dghaili,’ Vermeulen explained. ‘It’s his vision we interpret. We deliver what is possible and then maybe add a few sparkles of our own on top.’

Called on for its effects capabilities, the VL10 BeamWash was positioned around the outermost audience perimeter to serve as beam lights and eye candy and illuminate the stadium roof structures and canopy. ‘The VL10 was a big surprise – a real contender among the other fixtures on the market,’ noted Vermeulen.

A total of 30 VLZ Washes provided a low backlight wash for the audience and effects during the presentation ceremonies, while 70 VLZ Spots were positioned around the stadium in groups of six and eight to cover the pitch area. Delivering beam looks from high on the stadium’s supporting columns were 50 of the ‘searchlight’-style VL6000 Beams, while 50 VL800 BeamLines added to the audience wash. Vermeulen also placed 50 VL4000 Spot fixtures on the stadium floor, making use of the internal shutter system to avoid interfering with the on-pitch projections.

‘This was the first time in a long time that I had a full Vari-Lite rig, and they delivered – even above my expectations,’ concluded Vermeulen. ‘I have experienced now, first-hand, that Vari-Lite is back with some quality products.’

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