In July 2019, Lima hosted the Pan American Games, the second largest multi-sport event in the world. The Games bring together athletes representing 41 countries from North and South America, in 39 sports. The local authorities wanted to seize this opportunity to transform its sports infrastructure and create a lasting legacy for the local community.
The Andrés Avelino Cáceres sports complex was built in the heart of one of Lima’s most populated districts to provide facilities for baseball, softball, water polo, rugby, field hockey and archery competitions during the Pan American Games and was handed over to the local community after the games.
The facilities will support and enable excellence in sports well known to the local clubs, schools and residents, like futsal and encourage them to discover new ones.
Deliver sports lighting for 27 facilities
Schréder was tasked with delivering a range of high-performing sustainable lighting solutions for 27 sports facilities. The lighting not only had to ensure perfect visibility for the competitors and spectators but also guarantee high-quality lighting for UHDTV and flicker-free super slow-motion replays.
The technological infrastructure is the most advanced of any previous Pan American event.
The new ballpark, the first venue in the country to meet World Baseball Softball Federation (WBSC) standards, officially opened the games with a match between the national Canadian and Argentinian Peruvian baseball teams.
This stadium which seats 1,800 fans now hosts the National Baseball Championship week after week. In an atmosphere of great camaraderie, the Senior and Aspirant tournaments are held on Sunday and the under 15 and under 18 tournaments on Saturday.
The baseball field is lit by OMNIBLAST floodlights installed on seven 32m high masts and one 40m-high mast.
Two softball fields, one for competitions and one for training, were built inside the complex. The Peruvian Softball Federation manages the fields and is delighted with the new facilities as their old training ground was in bad condition. It regularly hosts matches with the Peruvian men’s team to encourage local school children to take up the sport.
The first-class facilities were highly appreciated during the games and the WBSC will host the under-18 Women's Softball World Cup there in September 2021.
The field for competitions is lit by the OMNIBLAST on 6 masts at a hight of 28m while the training field is let by the same floodlights on 6 masts at a lower height of 21m.
The complex which includes 2 hockey fields with blue artificial grass is the new grounds for the Peruvian Hockey Federation, with both the men’s and women’s national teams playing their matches there. The venue can also welcome 1,800 spectators to watch these games.
Both of the fields are lit by the OMNIBLAST installed on 6 masts at a height of 30m.
Two rugby pitches were built with seating for 3,500 spectators. The pitches are used by the women’s national team, known as Las Tumis, for both training and matches. Both pitches are also lit by OMNIBLAST floodlights on 6 masts at a height of 30m.
Two tennis courts were built. OMNIFLOOD floodlights installed on 10m high masts deliver the right lighting levels.
Basque Pelota and Fronton
While one of the main objectives of the complex was to enable the local community to discover new sports, given the country’s history as a fronton hotspot, no sports complex in Peru would be complete without courts for basque pelota and fronton.
The two fronton and two training courts for basque pelota are lit by OMNIBLAST floodlights installed on 14m high masts while the courts for competition are also lit by OMNIBLAST floodlights at a slightly higher height of 16m.
Given the huge popularity of futsal, 11 courts were built in the complex to cater for demand. These courts are lit by OMNIFLOOD floodlights installed on 10m high masts.
Lighting for recreation and competition
For all of the above sports, the OMNIBLAST and OMNIFLOOD deliver a glare free lighting with perfect vertical illuminance on the athletes, ensuring that the competitors, referees and spectators never miss any of the action.
The floodlights are also DMX enabled to create stunning theatrical effects for the local audience and international viewers.
The OMNIBLAST also guarantees perfect flicker free images that meet the strictest criteria defined by the international competition sports associations for high-definition television broadcasting with slow motion replays. With a high CRI of 90 and TLCI (Television Lighting Consistency Index) of over 85, it shows the real colours to broadcast sharp and vivid images for an unrivalled viewing experience.
The aquatics centre which hosted the water polo matches during the games is home to a 50m long and 25m wide Olympic pool. Managed by the Peruvian Swimming Federation (PSF), it is lit by the OMNIFLOOD.
It provides uniform lighting with minimum reflection for recreational swimming, training and competitions.
The organisers were keen to create a lasting legacy for residents and promote their city worldwide.
With a low power consumption, long life span and robust mechanical design, the floodlights ensure energy efficiency and low maintenance to help the organisers to achieve their sustainability objectives and secure the legacy of the sporting infrastructure.
The complex is fundamental in providing children, adolescents and adults with opportunities to discover and practice new sporting disciplines. Indeed, the facilities were recently used to encourage the local community to participate in outdoor activities during the pandemic.