Main points - Stadiums & Arenas

UEFA Stadium Lighting Guide 2023

Content Type
UEFA Guidelines
Stadium & Arena
Stadium Lighting
Enforcement Date
  1. It is essential that players’ comfort and performance are not hindered by the pitch illuminance system.

  2. The ability of match officials to perform effectively should not be hindered by the pitch illuminance system.

  3. A spectator should be able to watch and enjoy the match without suffering any discomfort caused by the pitch illuminance system.

  4. The pitch illuminance system should provide a level of illuminance that enables television broadcasters to operate effectively, in line with the requirements set out for the relevant UEFA illuminance level.

  5. The relevant level of UEFA competition must be considered when assessing a stadium’s needs to determine the appropriate UEFA illuminance level.

  6. A successful pitch illuminance system will produce illuminance levels and uniformity that comply with the requirements of the relevant UEFA illuminance level requirements, with soft shadows where possible.

  7. The pitch illuminance system must be reliable and effective for the given stadium location. The specific conditions that are relevant for the stadium location should be carefully assessed.

  8. The pitch illuminance system should provide a long-term solution that is both efficient and cost-effective.

  9. The environmental impact of a pitch illuminance design solution should be carefully assessed. The design team should be committed to achieving an environmentally responsible solution. The light source for all new stadiums in the UEFA Level A and B should be provided by LED luminaires. It is recommended that LED luminaires are also used in UEFA level C and D stadiums and only for specific reasons should HID luminaires be used for new installations.

  10. Every sports stadium is unique. Consequently, each stadium will require a design solution that is appropriate for the relevant stadium and illuminance level.

  11. The stadium’s infrastructure and design will have a significant impact on the type of pitch illuminance system that can be applied. A four-corner tower/column system will not generally meet UEFA’s requirements for level A stadiums.

  12. Modern artificial lighting systems are able to provide high-quality illuminance on the pitch and may potentially be integrated into the architectural design of the stadium.

  13. The artificial lighting system may also be used to create lighting effects for stadium events and for pre/post-match lighting effects.

  14. The lighting design should always take account of the latest technological requirements for broadcast television.

  15. The designers should always assess the existing lighting equipment and consider the technology currently available and whether it is appropriate for the desired lighting solution.