The first UK football game under LED floodlight conditions took place at Stamford Bridge on 12 August when Chelsea played a friendly against Real Sociedad
Chelsea FC chose to install the Philips ArenaVision LED floodlighting system. Ron Gourlay, Chief Executive of Chelsea FC 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, CEO of Philips Lighting commented
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.
The new lighting was installed during this summer’s break in time for the start of the new football season. The club is also upgrading its lighting at its training ground, installing the same family of Philips LED floodlighting to deliver a similar lighting performance when training as on match days. With the new system it is possible to light specific areas of the training ground to different illuminance levels to create the ideal practice environment for players.
Check out the UKVMA YouTube demo of LED floodlights.