Pop Up Power: Bringing sport to life with an electric atmosphere

  • 24 May 2022

For powering equipment in outdoor spaces and pitch-side, Pop Up Power Supplies® offers durable, easy to use retractable and in-ground units that are already used in stadia nationwide. They are designed to be available when needed, but hidden when not required.

All sports stadia are beasts that consume huge amounts of energy. On average, a 90 minute football match consumes up to 25,000KWh which could power over a dozen homes for an entire year!

Of course, the energy consumption of a stadium is dependent on the season, the temperature and number of attendees. And accounting for the highest levels of consumption are lighting, heating and cooling systems which use electricity in vast quantities. 

Energy use

FIFA, the international governing body of association football, demands that each pitch is illuminated evenly which means the need for power hungry stadium lights. It is estimated that floodlights, scoreboards and advertising banners alone account for 40% of the total energy used during a game. 


Roughly 20% of the energy used is by kitchens, food stalls and catering services and the remaining is generally used through broadcasting the game. Equipment such as satellite transmitters, HD cameras, editing suites and the essential outside broadcast equipment that delivers sporting events to fans across the globe all require electricity.

Pop up power units are manufactured in stainless steel AISI304 with an epoxy-polyester powder finish, and tops available in stainless steel or cast iron for excellent durability and longevity.

The adaptability of these retractable telescopic feeder pillars makes them suitable for all outdoor environments, and most importantly, the ‘pop up’ nature of the units improves the quality and safety of areas where they are installed.

In-ground units (IGUs) are also a popular choice as they can be used to provide round the clock power for days, weeks and even months on end. They minimise the potential for damage owing to vandalism and harsh weather because they operate unattended with the lid locked down, with only the power cable protruding.

They are ideal for use in smaller outdoor spaces and the lids are easy to raise manually thanks to a design incorporating gas struts.

Pop Up Power Supplies® range of IGUs complement their electrical feeder pillars and steel bollards, to offer a large range of outdoor pop up sockets to power any stadium

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