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Cotton Bowl Hospitality Suites - Lighting Creates Ambiance

Cotton Bowl Hospitality Suites - Lighting Creates Ambiance

May 30, 2022 13:57

PROLIGHTS EclProfile FS replicates team colors and creates a fun environment

Each year, Arlington Texas welcomes the Cotton Bowl Classica, an American College Football game. On December 31, 2021, the Cincinnati Bearcats faced the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Keith Allen, owner of KW Allen Productions was tasked with lighting two separate venues during the Cotton Bowl. One at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the other at the Hilton Anatole. Working with lighting designer Tomm Gillies from Seeking Productions, and Ralph Foster, producer at XTRADA Productions, the team was able to come up with a relaxing, and enjoyable hospitality suite for both teams and their families.

During the Cotton Bowl, the event host and sponsors create hospitality suites for each team and their families. The hospitality suites offer the players, team, and family members a relaxing environment to go to when they are not playing the game or attending events. Catering to the team, the hospitality suites offer massage chairs, movie rooms, games, food, and more.

“The event requires a giant lighting rig,” explains Allen. “All area lighting and décor are designed to transform the ballroom into an immersive space. This year the theme was an outdoor club.”

Allen chose PROLIGHTS EclProfile FS (formerly known as the EclipseFS), because of the color saturation in the fixture, its low-powered ellipsoidal, with full color and true one connection was important for engineering to flow through the cabling to have one connector for everything.

The lights were used to break up patterns, highlight the food and beverage areas, and set the event's tone with the team colors and team logos on the wall using gobos.

“The project was interesting, as I needed to match the team colors, perfectly, for each hospitality suite. I used gobos in the EclProfile FS and projected them using the teams' colors on the wall. The entire space was fun,” comments Gillies.

PROLIGHTS lighting the Cotton Bowl

The lighting was run on a GrandMA and once the lighting was set, nothing changed.

Chroma-Q Color One 100X and Color Force 48 fixtures were used on the banners and displays inside the hospitality suite. On the field, there were giant banners of the players and coaches. KW Allen Productions used Chroma-Q® Color Force II models 48 and 72 to uplight the banners.

Chroma-Q Lighting at the Cotton Bowl

KW Allen Productions used their inventory of PROLIGHTS and Chroma-Q® fixtures while adding to the inventory using rentals from Christie Lites. A.C. Lighting supplied both KW Allen Productions and Christie Lites with the fixtures.  

Photo Credit: Tomm Gillies, Seeking Productions

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About A.C. Lighting, Inc.

A.C. Lighting, Inc. is a value-added distributor of world-class lighting and associated rigging technologies for the theater, film, television, worship, exhibition, and commercial markets.  A.C. Lighting a  North American distributor for premier brands including Chroma-Q® LED lighting, Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control surfaces, PROLIGHTS high value and high-performance range of lighting, video, and effects products, Luminex Networking Intelligence manufacturer of data distribution equipment, Manfrotto and Avenger: Professional Lighting Stands and Accessories, Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control Systems, LumenRadio wireless lighting controls, Jands StageCL and Prolyte staging and trussing.

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About KW Allen Productions

KW Allen Production services Corporate and Houses of Worship Lighting Design. KW Allen Productions is a customer service driven company whose motto is “Feet Washing.”


PROLIGHTS is the professional lighting division of Music & Lights S.r.l., an Italian company specializing in the manufacture of technologies for the show industry.

The PROLIGHTS brand was established in 2001 with a focus on the design and manufacture of professional lighting & video products for the entertainment, event, broadcast, and installation markets.

PROLIGHTS is headquartered in Minturno, Italy, where the company's commercial, operational, and R&D centres are all located.

PROLIGHTS continues to experience sustained growth across all sectors, with its products found on stages and in studios all over the world. Founder Franco Sorabella, and his son Fabio, are both actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business and in the development of the product range.

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Chroma-Q have gained a reputation for introducing award-winning, premium LED lighting solutions which deliver the highest performance levels required by today's most demanding applications - including concerts & theatre shows, film & TV broadcasts, retail, leisure & museum installations, exhibitions & corporate hospitality events.

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