Special Olympics World Games 2019 Opening Ceremony

Client: People Creative
Venue: Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Date: March 2019

The Special Olympics World Games 2019 grand opening ceremony took place in the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi and was graced by the presence of UAE and world leaders. Being widely praised as the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019, the occasion delivered excitement and inspiration to spectators, not to mention the athletes of determination from the largest participating nations in its history. In the midst of the festivities, we provided the rigging infrastructure for the technical side of the event.

Line of business: Sports

We Delivered: Technical Execution

Client Needs

We were commissioned by People Creative to provide full lighting support for the event, as well as delivering the rigging infrastructure for all the lighting, audio and video components. Taking inspiration from the heritage of the Emirates and the spirit of the Special Olympics, our team ensured that the crowd of thousands, including Heads of State, dignitaries, VIPs, celebrities, members of the community, families and fans, were wowed with a spectacular lighting design during the opening ceremony.


The lighting rig for the event consisted of an impressive array of over 800 lighting fixtures. A highly talented team of 10 technicians maintained and managed the continuous functionality of the lighting rig in the testing atmospheric conditions over a six-week period to see things through right to the end of the Closing Ceremony. For rigging, we supplied over 120 motors and 500m of truss, as well as deploying high speed winches to move LED panels. Health and Safety was of utmost importance, ensuring that the event achieved the highest HSE standards.

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Tech Specs


From the Clay Paky range, the rig included 60 Scenius Unicos, 100 Mythos 2, as well as Sharpys, Super Sharpys, Spots, Profiles and Washes from the Alpha 1500 stable. Robe brought a further 80 BMFL Blades and 50 Robin 150 LED Beams to the party, with Philips, Martin and SGM bringing a further 100 VL3500 Wash FX, Mac Auras and P5 LED Floods respectively, all controlled from a network of 5 GrandMa2 consoles.