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[SAP Arena Mannheim]


To prepare its 10th anniversary in 2015 the managers of the SAP Arena in Mannheim planned an entire modernization of the multifunction arena to be belong the world’s best indoor venues also in future. We are proud and thankful to be appointed to renew the outdated LED technology and realize additional new display systems. For us the biggest challenges of this magnificent project were the tight schedule, which did not allow any delay because of upcoming events, and of course the complexity of the project, particularly the perfect planning of the many individual LED systems which had to be installed contemporaneously and coordinated with each other.


Just in time for the beginning of the season in August 2014 the SAP Arena presented the results of the successfully completed reconstruction works that were carried out during the summer break:
Together with S[quadrat] the SAP Arena realized Europe’s most comprehensive LED construction consisting of a LED video cube and bottom ring with Nichia black face LEDs as well as a top ring and fascia board with Nichia LEDs. For the new, bigger video cube the client waived the usual side shields to achieve an airy look. Despite the extension with the bottom ring, the new LED solution with a total weight of 13 tons is even lighter than its predecessor thanks to the lightweight construction. The greatest sensation of the modernization is the two-sided, elliptical top ring. With this unique shape our engineers could set new benchmarks one more time. The 265 m long fascia board above the upper box levels rounds off the work of art. A total of 7,319,296 pixels now provide optimal image quality at all levels of the SAP Arena.

However, before our assembly team could start the realization of the modern LED systems, it had demounted the existing LED video cube and the outdated fascia board completely and intact into their component parts. New, movable chain hoists now hold the new video cube and the underneath mounted LED ring. To fix the new elliptical LED ring at the roof construction we attached a total of 12 BGV-C1 chain hoists which are moveable up to 30 cm under the roof.

The new fascia board already captivates by its highly increased resolution due to the upgrade from 22 mm pixel pitch to only 10 mm. Additionally, its structural depth is now only 21 cm, maintenance can be done easily from above and an attractive aluminum cladding on top and below the display modules saves the fascia display from vandalism and splashing water.

Comprehensive protection for all LED displays and a continuous reliable operation can be achieved by S[quadrat]’s unique monitoring system SX [TempControl]. Temperature sensors monitor the display housings of the four LED systems and react as soon as the temperature is beyond the normal range that can be defined individually. The control room will be informed immediately and the concerned LED system can be disconnected full-automatically.

One crew member of the SAP arena is a separate LED operator and feeds the LED systems with the desired information. We have delivered a complete content management solution to support him. The former content hard- and software by Clickeffects was adjusted to the new systems and the higher resolutions. In addition, the scoring system SX [SportBox] enables to show all match information for the sports ice-hockey, handball, basketball (FIBA), tennis, boxing and more.

For this project we delivered cutting-edge technology which is and will be developed and EMC certified in Germany like all S[quadrat] solutions. This gives the customer the security to operate a high-quality, long loving, stable and legally reliable product.

Besides the LED systems in the event hall we were also commissioned with the medialization of the VIP entrance area. The display expert installed a 3 x 7 seamless LCD wall (21 K resolution) consisting of seamless displays of NEC including the controlling via a picturall octo broadcast media server.

August 2014

Technical Data:
S[quadrat] SI [6 SMD] NT Light indoor LED video cube
Size: 4 x (6.72 m x 5.04 m) = 135.44 m²

S[quadrat] SI [6 SMD] NT Light ring underneath the video cube
Size: 29.85 m x 0.72 m = 21.49 m²

S[quadrat] SI [10 SMD] NT Light two-sided, elliptical ring
Inner size: 97.5 m x 0.64 m = 62.4 m²
Outer size: 100.5 m x 0.64 m = 64.32 m²

S[quadrat] SI [10 SMD] NT Light fascia board
Size: 265 m x 0.64 m = 169.6 m²