All 348 floodlights that have been installed at Luzhniki Grand Sport Arena will light the field during games, said Andrei Bochkaryov, Head of the Department of Construction. “FIFA requires extremely tough lighting standards for the stadiums that are to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup games. The minimum illumination levels can be no less than 2,000 lux. The stadium must include several floodlight modes, including those for international-class professional competitions, for professional training sessions, the standard mode, etc.,” he noted.
Apart from floodlights, the lighting system includes electronic start-stop machines to minimise light-pulsation levels that are invisible to the human eye but which may cause problems during high-definition video recording. These start-stop machines make it possible to avoid blurred broadcasts.
High-quality floodlights also require a sophisticated power supply system consisting of uninterrupted power supply sources, diesel generators and at least two independent transformer stations. Workers are currently installing these systems at the stadium.
The Luzhniki Grand Sport Arena, under renovation since 2014, will be completely finished by the second quarter of 2017. This stadium is to host the main 2018 FIFA World Cup games. Occupancy will increase from 78,000 to 81,000; the layout of stadium grandstands will change, and they will be located as close as possible to the football field.