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Fineline provides Video Screens & Lighting for Rugby World Cup Fanzone

November 2015

Bristol based lighting and visuals specialist Fineline Lighting is supplying LED screens and supports in Northernhay Gardens in Exeter city centre for Rugby World Cup.

The venue was facilitated by Exeter City Council. It enabled rugby fans without a ticket to Sandy Park or other games to enjoy the buzz plus all the thrills and spills of the 2015 Rugby World Cup match days as they unfold on the big screen in this convenient location in an official Rugby World Cup host city. There are two video screens, the main one comprising 63 panels of Lighthouse R7 screen totalling around 50 square metres, which is flown on a truss installed towards the back of a Serious Stages 16 metre Supernova stage. The capacity in front of this catered for up to 5000 sports fans.

Fineline’s crew also installed two general purpose lighting trusses over the stage which were used for presentations or entertainment taking place on the stage which has included bands, singers, choirs and orchestras who have performed in front of the screen during the breaks and either side of the match action. These were loaded with Fineline PARs, complete with an Avolites Quartz console for control.

The basic rig expanded with additional lighting fixtures when required. The second screen was located about half way down the park which can expand the capacity and accommodate additional audience. This is 15 sq metres and is made up of a new product, the Desay M6, a six mm pitch HD surface optimised for outdoor use.

It is very bright and lightweight, offering a rich, high quality colour reproduction coupled with shallow depth and quick and easy rigging. “It’s an excellent all round multi-purpose solution for all types of LED screen applications,” commented Fineline’s Rob Sangwell. This screen is supported by one of Fineline’s smaller FLSS5x4 Screen Support packages comprising two towers specially designed for quick construction by two people without needing any plant or machinery. Fineline has a range of standard size FLSS screen supports that can accommodate screens with sail areas of up to 48 square metres, available 'off the shelf' with all the requisite wind and structural calculations and health and safety documentation. “It’s great to be working in the sports event sector again supplying video screens, lighting and rigging to the Rugby World Cup fan park, and we are very pleased to have been asked to get involved. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the team in Exeter,”  added Sagwell.



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