CASE STUDY

Pyrotechnics for Premier League Football at Stamford Bridge, London

The Premier League is watched by millions of football fans around the world, with clubs competing on all fronts in order to attract more fans. They’re no longer content to just having the best players on the pitch; they want to be bigger and better than the rest in every way possible. This includes the overall fan experience and pre-match entertainment before the game.

CHALLENGE

One of the biggest challenges at Stamford Bridge (a stadium built in 1876) is the close proximity of the seating to the pitch. The configuration of the stadium provides very little room to position equipment and hampers quick movement into and out of position.

SOLUTION

When working pitch-side our solution is to use the small and compact G-Flame. It is a wireless system with self-contained power which allows for usage without losing any time dealing with tricky cables.

Entertainment Effects have also designed and built compact trolleys which can carry up to 4 flames each, enabling us to wheel the units seamlessly off the pitch in around 60 seconds.

RESULTS

The initial intention from Chelsea’s marketing team was to save our effects for special occasions, but with Chelsea’s recent rich vein of form we’ve been regulars in West London, helping to celebrate 2 Premier League Crowns and 3 Youth FA Cup victories.

OUR NEXT CHALLENGE

Following the success of the pitch-side flame effects, Chelsea challenged us to produce something even bigger and better! Due to the space constraints, we suggested moving the roof. This eliminates the space issue and enables us to fire much larger pyrotechnics to create a huge aerial display.
There are a number of challenges involved in working on a stadium roof:

  • Risks of working at height
  • Access is often very difficult
  • Secure rigging has to be overcome
  • Getting the timing just right

The key to rooftop display timing is ensuring that it’s dark when the show is fired so that the products deliver maximum visibility. It’s easy to check sunset times online and we always allow an extra half an hour to ensure that the light is at the optimum level.

We looked at the upcoming fixtures and noticed that Chelsea had an evening kick-off on Bonfire Night weekend. Everyone agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Guy Fawkes with some fireworks. Products were fired vertically as well as horizontally out across the pitch, to the huge cheers of the fans as Stamford Bridge shook with excitement.

We’ve fired 2 pre-match pyrotechnic displays at Stamford Bridge, and the results on the roof and the pitch were equally spectacular. Chelsea won 5-0 and 5-1, with 5 of these goals scored in the first 20 minutes across the 2 matches. We like to think our special effects and the atmosphere we helped to create contributed toward these impressive wins!

To find out about the individual products uses as part of our pyrotechnics services, please click the image below.