The Subbuteo stadium with a spectacular light show

Here at Subbuteo.Online we are used to seeing some fantastic displays.

From incredible single player collection wall displays to the man who has a Subbuteo stadium on his work desk, the creativity people show when it comes to displaying their little plastic men is incredible.

However, one Subbuteo fan has something completely unique and we are pleased to be able to share with the Subbuteo community.

Simon kindly allowed us to showcase his Subbuteo stand display with a twist – it is set up to have a spectacular nighttime light show featuring LED stars and dramatic disco lights.

Light shows are all the rage in football stadiums – most notably Celtic Park’s new multi-million lighting system and as usual, Subbuteo is one step ahead of the game.

He has now shared a video featuring the full display with a new soundtrack and we love it. We also asked him how he did it.

He says: ” Making a box/shelf for it seem the best option as I wanted a night game feel to it. I used a set of Christmas tree lights for the stars, stuck some felt onto the backboard and drilled holes. There’s an LED strip at the top with a remote so you can change the settings.”

And the stands? “For the stands I turned to the railway modellers who are the experts on small scale electrical stuff and got a very simple lighting rig, I just had to run the wires into a junction box. At some point I’ll add more to the terrace sections,” he explains.

The site he used for the distribution board, which requires no soldering and can be attached to wires and LEDs easily, is

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Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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