The Final Four of the EuroLeague, the top-tier European professional basketball club competition, held in Cologne, Germany, mid-July deployed spectacular LED displays with show control by the new Christie Pandoras Box Version 8 with video processing by Christie Spyder X80.
The Spanish company Laser AV was commissioned with the integration and technical execution of the AV for the event held at Lanxess Arena, which included live broadcasting, signal distribution throughout the stadium, signal management of the screens and signal relay via fibre optic.
The centrepiece of the installation was a LED video wall measuring 44 x 3.5 meters (144 x 11.5 feet) made up of 640 panels with a pixel pitch of 2.97-mm, giving a total resolution of 14,784 x 1176 pixels.
Laser AV installed a 6 x 3.5 m (19.7 x 11.5 ft) LED display which was suspended in front of the massive video wall while the scoreboard was a LED cube with each face measuring 6 x 3 m (19.7 x 9.8 ft) with a resolution of 1536 x 768 per side. The company also installed 50 LCD monitors, ranging between 43 and 80 inches, throughout the stadium including changing rooms and the press room.
In addition, the Lanxess Arena had a media cube, hung above the scoreboard, comprised of four 8 x 4.5 m (26 x 14.8 ft) screens with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a “fascia” LED screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 that lined the whole perimeter of the stadium.
To control the displays, Laser AV employed 12 Software Licenses, four Pandoras Box Servers, two Widget Designer Pro and a Christie Spyder X80 multi-window processor.
EuroLeague is Europe’s top-tier competition for professional basketball clubs and includes teams from the main professional basketball leagues in Europe. The league is broadcast on television in 199 countries, making it one of the world’s top competitions, and it is now one of the most popular sports events in China, where it can be viewed by a total of 245 million households—800 million via satellite.