Lighting the Park

What is gold and red and blue and brings loads excitement to fans at huge events? That would be the lights at Sydney Olympic Park – a new initiative which adds to the spectacle of major event nights, where a warm glow awaits the fans as they arrive.

Olympic Park station lit gold

Olympic Park station lit gold

Sydney Olympic Park Authority has undertaken to light up the Park to increase excitement and atmosphere. Not just by painting the multi-storey buildings with light in team colours but with large scale, moving projections on the buildings in the precinct. Loads of people are stopping to catch a snap of their friends (or a mad selfie!) in front of the giant NSW Blues logo or the humongous (twelve storeys tall) Manchester United crest that recently illuminated the side of the Novotel. The Novotel was incredibly eye catching as fans on their journey from many kilometres away could see it glowing in the distance, shining blue to guide them to the State of Origin. The gold colour lights were out for the Wallabies and red for the Red Devils themselves, the most successful sporting team in the world Manchester United. 

Manchester United lighting projection on Novotel

Manchester United lighting projection on Novotel

The Operations Team at Sydney Olympic Park Authority wanted fans to find the refreshments and free entertainment that were set up in The Green Room in Cathy Freeman Park so we installed a two metre round floating sphere that was tethered high in the air above the entrance, with eye-catching full colour video and logos projected onto it’s surface.

As an added feature for both of the State of Origin matches this year, fans who approached from the Eastern side of the stadium were greeted with a massive 80 metre long animated banner of light that welcomed all to ‘The House of The Blues’. The message was loud and clear for NSW fans – maybe the team will get it next year!

ANZ Stadium turned blue for the Origin

ANZ Stadium turned blue for the Origin

This magic happens after a lot of hard work clumping up into crawl spaces and onto roof tops with intelligent lights, wash lights, multi-thousand lumen projectors ( a lumen is a measure of light – in candle power would you believe) and building computer graphics and matching images. This starts three days beforehand and tests and adjustments have to be made to get it all right on the night.

The team at Sydney Olympic Park Authority are planning more excitement in the future to further enhance the events here at Sydney Olympic Park, including the upcoming Bledisloe Cup, and make these major events an unforgettable experience.

We also must thank our friends who helped make this initiative possible: Destination NSW, ANZ Stadium, ARU, NRL, Football Federation Australia, Accor Sydney Olympic Park Hotels and the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association.

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