The Incheon Asian Games in Korea is the largest sporting event in Asia — set on an Olympic scale, with around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries representing 36 sports.
For the 17th edition, both the opening and closing ceremonies were held in the 62,000-capacity purpose built Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, with K-Pop stars and Gangnam Style singer Psy headlining the opening show.
With ‘Diversity’ as the theme, rental company Canlite drew on huge quantities of PR Lighting fixtures, deploying nearly 200 heads to perform specific tasks and meet the specification of lighting designer, Han Soo Na, and his programmer Young Gu Kang.
The inventory included more than 100 powerful PR 5000 Spot, Wash and Framing variants — many of them positioned, along with XR 330 Beams, on the top of the roof to deliver strident lighting effects directly to the centre of the stage during the music sequences.
All the fixtures were purchased new and were customised specifically for the Asian Games— but first they had to successfully undergo rigorous quality control and camera tests, with Canlite reporting that the colour palette of the XR 330 Beam and colour temperature comfortably met the standards for demanding TV and camera work. At the same time, the overall brightness and output of all units also satisfied the technical requirements, while the fixtures were easy to programme at the grandMA2 lighting console.
Said Canlite’s Sang Shin Lee, “We chose these fixtures because they are both powerful and fully featured, with advanced functions, reliability and excellent all round performance.”
PR Lighting’s international assistant sales director, Sasha Xiong said, “It is gratifying that once again PR Lighting’s fixtures were selected for such a mega project as the Asian Games and we thank both our customer and lighting designer for investing so much confidence in the brand with this deployment."