NOTE! This arena tutorial was made by rtomb_03. This will guide you how you can edit arena lightings like sportshub and buzz do..
This guide is compatible for 2K23, 2K22, 2K21 and 2K20
CROWD AND ARENA LIGHTING 101. TIPS/GUIDE/TUTORIAL by rtomb_03
rtomb: Its long overdue, since 2k19/2k20 a lot of people asking how to make the crowd brighter or darker or the whole arena itself.. We don't have a New-Gen gameplay and graphics on PC, but at least we can replicate or imitate the looks of New-Gen graphic wise or a Realistic approach. as PC is capable enough to handle what the New-Gen consoles can. I made a small tips/pointers on how to edit the arena, especially the crowds for lighting modders and this part are always overlooked.
Here are 3 samples/scenarios of edited crowds (and arena).
crowd_lighting.FxTweakables and crowd_seats_pixel.***.dds
Crypto.Com Arena - LA Lakers
Lakers "Lights Out" is known since 2006, were lights were out at seating areas.
this "lights out "effects cant be achieve thru crowdfx. only, even you set the hex value to the lowest or darkest, the crowds on 3-level suites are still well lit . You need to edit the crowd_seats_pixel.***.dds to solve the issue. here is the sample of edited crowd_seats_pixel.***.dds I made last year which still work on 2k20-23.
same as crowdfx you can use Hex editor to edit the crowd_seats_pixel.***.dds.
As you notice, to compare with 2k default seatpixel the difference between modded on 00000000 until 00063260, as this area controls the upper sections until the lower suite sections of the arena. (note: all crowd_seats_pixels are unique in every arena, they have different configurations/arrangements)