Large Robe lighting rig for MVM Arena
Friday, 22 April 2022
robe-mvm-dome-arena-budapest-8-photo-courtesy-loosplatThe show rig is designed to be movable and adaptable within the arena
Hungary - A Robe moving light rig comprising more than 350 fixtures was recently specified for the new 20,000-capacity MVM Dome in Budapest. The sports facility is Europe’s largest handball arena and will also be used for concerts and entertainment shows.
The Robe fixtures were specified by Visual Europe Group (VEG), the building’s technical management and services specialists, working in close consultation with Budapest-based AVL Trade which supplied the luminaires. The first event staged in the venue was the 2022 European Men’s Handball Championship Final, won by Sweden.
Most of the Robe luminaires - including 64 x Fortes, 64 x Tarrantulas, 64 x MegaPointes, 120 x Tetra2 moving LED battens and four Forte FollowSpots together with four RoboSpot remote follow systems - will be in use in the main arena space. They were used to great effect by lighting designer Attila Lenzser for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Men’s EHF Euro 2022 final.
Adam Nagy, project manager for AVL Trade, explained that the package also included 32 x Robe LEDBeam 350s and 16 x Robe ProMotion moving projectors which are destined for use in other parts of the building, like the extensive foyer spaces, conference suites and VIP lounges.
Due to the high trim height of the trussing mothergrid in the MVM Dome’s roof, they needed powerful fixtures and chose Fortes, launched last year for stadium and large venue / event applications.
The MVM Dome lighting spec featured as much LED as possible for all the obvious reasons including to be as sustainable as possible and to minimise running costs, but an exception was made for MegaPointes.
The show rig is designed to be movable and adaptable within the arena, with enough dynamic units for all incoming concerts / music shows and other performance productions, so they can use the house rig as often as possible.
The lights were all delivered at the end of 2021 and installed ready for action at the Men’s Handball Championship in January.
Visual Europe Group has over 20 years’ experience in technical design and implementation of AV for high-volume and high-profile events.
Their CEO, Szabolcs Botond, comments: “To implement the lighting technology for the European Handball Championship 2022, our company found these Robes to be the best for our customer, and in cooperation with AVL Trade, we were able to provide the MVM Arena with a future-proof lighting solution and equipment.
“The successful European Handball Championship hugely satisfied everyone involved which proved we made the right choice and provided the best solution for our customer’s needs.”
Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar concludes: “It is fantastic to see a project specification like this come to fruition so quickly and positively in spite of all the challenges. We are extremely proud to have a Robe house rig in this very prestigious and beautifully designed new venue and look forward to seeing many lighting professionals enjoy using some of our latest technologies for a busy schedule of spectacular concerts and sporting events.”

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