Azam FC now installs LED lights at Azam Complex

30Apr 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Azam FC now installs LED lights at Azam Complex

TANZANIA's football giants, Azam FC, have now turned out to be the first East African football team to have Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights at the outfit's stadium, Azam Complex, in Dar es Salaam.

Azam FC's information officer, Thabit Zacharia, disclosed the development on Wednesday, saying they are committed to developing football both on and off the field in the country.

Thabit said installation of the LED lights will take two to three weeks and it will go along with installing digital advertising boards (LED display parameter board) at the venue.

He disclosed this will attract many top teams around the globe to use Azam Complex for either matches or training.

He said LED lights will improve the way spectators watch matches at night at the venue as the lights produce light up to 90 percent than bulbs which many domestic stadia have in the region.

"After renovation of the pitch, we are now removing the common bulbs and replacing them with LED , the LED lights are used at top stadiums around the world, the lights which were used during Paris St. Germain (PSG) encounter against Manchester City in UEFA Champions League yesterday (Wednesday) were LED, I'm sure we are the first football club in East Africa to have those lights," he said.

According to information, LED lights produce light up to 90 percent more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs and offer a tremendous opportunity for innovation in lighting form factors and fit a wider breadth of applications than traditional lighting technologies.

The LED lights are also said to absorb heat and dissipate it into the surrounding environment, thus making it comfortable for players to play on the pitch.

He also said the LED display parameter board will help the club generate revenue as the corporate world can place their adverts easily.

In modern football's advertising and marketing, the display parameter boards are ideal compared to the old model of using permanent painted advertising billboards.

The FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF) rules and regulations do not allow clubs to stage matches at venues that infringe sponsors and partners’ rights.

It is said CAF or FIFA matches are to be played at a stadium that is free of fixed adverts, as those with fixed adverts may have adverts which infringes on the sponsors’ exclusive rights.

Many stadiums in the country lose out in advertising due to their archaic advertising medium as they depend on permanent painted advertising billboards instead of digital perimeter boards.

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