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WTF [O2 Arena] unusual lighting~ spectators in the dark [no atmosphere]?

CmonAussie
11-23-2009, 09:47 AM
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What do you think of the unusual lighting they`ve used at the O2 Arena for WTF:confused:
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Personally I don`t like it becuase you can`t see the spectators at all, as they`re totally in the dark.. Sure the tennis court & players are in the spotlight, but if you take away the spectators then they may as well be playing in an empty stadium [with an applaud soundtrack]:sad:

Its interesting but ultimately i don`t think the unusual lighting system is a good idea, as it makes the tennis look too stark!

bokehlicious
11-23-2009, 09:50 AM
It seems the players see the ball better that way... So it's a good thing I guess...

MurrayFan1
11-23-2009, 09:53 AM
I like it. I like the screens hanging from the cieling and the music between games as well, shows the British are not all just boring old farts haha.

CmonAussie
11-23-2009, 10:00 AM
It seems the players see the ball better that way... So it's a good thing I guess...

OK, hadn`t considered that- so we can expect a higher standard of play:cool:

Acer
11-23-2009, 10:02 AM
It's too dark

Sofonda Cox
11-23-2009, 10:12 AM
It's really good! Fewer distractions for the players :worship:

scoobs
11-23-2009, 10:22 AM
The tv pictures are misleading - it's nowhere near as dark as all that in the arena itself - I can still see across from where I'm sitting to the other side of the arena.

It's only on tv where it looks like there's been a power cut to all but the court lights.

fast_clay
11-23-2009, 10:31 AM
I like it. I like the screens hanging from the cieling and the music between games as well, shows the British are not all just boring old farts haha.

good black, commercial contrast to the white of wimbledon...

Vida
11-23-2009, 10:50 AM
I like it a lot.

alansk
11-23-2009, 11:13 AM
:cool:

madmax
11-23-2009, 11:14 AM
it's mysterious and sexy arena:devil:

*bunny*
11-23-2009, 11:30 AM
It looked a bit like theatre. But sometimes I found it difficult to follow the ball on live streaming.

I was impressed that as far as I could see on the streaming there were very few camera flashes from the stand, which would ruin the atmospheres and disrupt the players' concentration.

Burrow
11-23-2009, 12:30 PM
The court looks horrible with those blue colours. Overall looks like a seniors venue.

Byrd
11-23-2009, 12:44 PM
The lighting is alright, the courts are shit though.

gulzhan
11-23-2009, 12:48 PM
Not sure I like the lights :unsure:

Goldenoldie
11-23-2009, 02:23 PM
I like it.
To misquote a well-known British saying "Spectators should be heard and not seen"

pesto
11-23-2009, 03:00 PM
Watching it on TV, it seemed to take away the atmosphere of a really big event with thousands of people, and I wasn't keen. I'll see how it feels in real life later this week.

CmonAussie
11-23-2009, 03:19 PM
Watching it on TV, it seemed to take away the atmosphere of a really big event with thousands of people, and I wasn't keen. I'll see how it feels in real life later this week.

;)
Exactly my point, it takes away the atmosphere~ almost like we`re watching a practice session in an empty stadium [a la Shanghai:eek:]..

Langers
11-23-2009, 03:47 PM
Love the lights, the court, the colour, everything. :worship:

Action Jackson
11-23-2009, 03:49 PM
It's ok.

Mechlan
11-23-2009, 03:50 PM
Wasn't Paris like this too?

cocrcici
11-23-2009, 04:37 PM
The court looks horrible with those blue colours. Overall looks like a seniors venue.

:bs:

SushiMinimal
11-23-2009, 05:17 PM
can't the surface be gold coloured???

tealeaves
11-23-2009, 05:18 PM
I kinda like the arena, it's so blue and it looks cool

JMG
11-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Nice :yeah:

Orka_n
11-23-2009, 07:45 PM
Personally I don't really like it. I want to see the crowd. Then again, no big deal. I can manage, since the players prefer dark.

Brick Top
11-23-2009, 08:00 PM
who cares

laurie-1
11-23-2009, 08:27 PM
I've got tickets to Federer v Murray tomorrow :D

I'll let you know what its like when I get back from the 02. Sometimes television doesn't always convery what its really like.

I will say one thing though, I went to the WTA Championships in Madrid in 2007 at the Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo and the lighting there was superb, it was bright and modern - plus the court which was purple with light green on the outside was really nice.

Personally I'm not sure about this blue court but I'll let you know tomorrow.

My favourite indoor court was the royal blue taraflex carpet court they used during the ATP championships in Frankfurt between 1990 and 1995.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
11-23-2009, 08:58 PM
the problem with the British is they have this problem most other countries dont have

its called integrity and if you're American/French/Commie whatever then you probably dont know what it means

well- what it means is the British want the players to play to the best of their abilities without the interference and distractions of the crowd

this isn't Paris, this is London, you can tell the difference by the smell

laurie-1
11-23-2009, 10:14 PM
the problem with the British is they have this problem most other countries dont have

its called integrity and if you're American/French/Commie whatever then you probably dont know what it means

well- what it means is the British want the players to play to the best of their abilities without the interference and distractions of the crowd

this isn't Paris, this is London, you can tell the difference by the smell

Tennis wise? This British etiquette doesn't extend to Football crowds

dijus
11-23-2009, 10:23 PM
for me it looks very nice, I like such lights and imo it makes really good atmosphere ;)

The Freak
11-23-2009, 10:25 PM
Reminds me of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and seeing as the Lakers are my favorite team, i like it :cool:

Everko
11-23-2009, 10:39 PM
makes it depressing

anon57
11-23-2009, 10:44 PM
I don't like the way the dark stands look on tv, it seems like they're playing in a big dark, empty arena but if this lighting works best for the players it's ok I guess:shrug:

Myrre
11-23-2009, 10:50 PM
The tv pictures are misleading - it's nowhere near as dark as all that in the arena itself - I can still see across from where I'm sitting to the other side of the arena.

It's only on tv where it looks like there's been a power cut to all but the court lights.



I was there too and fully agree with above mail. Looking forward to Federer - Murray tomorrow.

whattheheck
11-23-2009, 11:34 PM
It's OK. Keeps the focus on the stadium. It's like watching a concert.

fast_clay
11-24-2009, 08:10 AM
come on people... wake the f*** up... you know there are people there... no one gives a toss how you feel about it at home... just sit back and watch murray carve his way to the title...

name_change
11-24-2009, 08:51 AM
OMG, I actually watched the match on TV and didn't even realize that the audience cant be seen! :o :tape: :o

I mean, I knew there was something different, but didn't quite realize what. So much for my powers of observation!

bjurra
11-24-2009, 09:59 AM
I was there yesterday and I hated sitting in the dark. Someone should turn on the lights.

As for the players, I dont think it makes any difference whatsoever.

Forehander
11-24-2009, 11:01 AM
It's good. I like it

tennishero
11-24-2009, 11:26 AM
the problem with the British is they have this problem most other countries dont have

its called integrity and if you're American/French/Commie whatever then you probably dont know what it means

well- what it means is the British want the players to play to the best of their abilities without the interference and distractions of the crowd

this isn't Paris, this is London, you can tell the difference by the smell

lol good one

tennishero
11-24-2009, 11:29 AM
I was there yesterday and I hated sitting in the dark. Someone should turn on the lights.

As for the players, I dont think it makes any difference whatsoever.


whine much?

Ilovetheblues_86
11-24-2009, 03:01 PM
Best idea ever.

Henry Chinaski
11-24-2009, 11:38 PM
the problem with the British is they have this problem most other countries dont have

its called integrity and if you're American/French/Commie whatever then you probably dont know what it means



blaring the black eyed ****ing bastard peas between games sure reeks of integrity.

worst thing about the whole event.

laurie-1
11-25-2009, 12:41 AM
I've just got back from the Federer v Murray match.

I think the lighting works well, the atmosphere was great. Like I said yesterday, these things don't always work for television.

Federer really picked up his game well in the 2nd set, taking the game to Murray. At the same time, a pity Murray was playing that defensive passive Tennis again :(

Sjengster
11-25-2009, 01:39 AM
I was there this afternoon for Del Potro-Verdasco and the venue is fantastic, the TV is deceptive as you're not sitting in total darkness up there, it just creates the right feeling as the attention is focused squarely on the court. The incessant shrieking of the players' names by gaggles of schoolkids who can't even have heard of them six months ago was the only really annoying thing, it was such a relief to hear some actual Spanish voices and the Argentine chant at the end.