Dutch lighting specialist Royal Philips has agreed a contract with Premier League outfit Chelsea to install LED floodlights at Stamford Bridge.
The Eindhoven-based firm’s ArenaVision LED floodlighting system will be installed at the 41,000-capacity stadium in time for Chelsea’s preseason friendly match against Spanish side Real Sociedad on Tuesday.
According to an official press release, Chelsea will become the first top-flight soccer club in the world to complete an upgrade to LED pitch lighting. German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich struck a similar deal with Philips, which also includes their stadium’s outer façade, in May.
Unlike traditional lighting systems which can take up to 30 minutes to warm up, the Philips’ LED system can be instantly switched on and off. It also meets the Premier League’s standards for TV broadcasting and high definition super slow-motion replays.
Ron Gourlay, the chief executive of Chelsea, said: “I am delighted to be able to work with Philips on delivering the best possible environment for our supporters to enjoy Chelsea matches in. Once again, Chelsea Football Club is at the forefront of innovation and we look forward to many more memorable games at Stamford Bridge under this new floodlighting system.”
Eric Rondolat, Philips Lighting’s chief executive, added: “The world’s first ever floodlit football match took place in England, so as sports lighting goes digital it is only right that the lighting standard is again being set there. We are witnessing another technology milestone in the modern football game.”
Chelsea’s Premier League campaign kicks off against Burnley on Monday 18th August.