Chelsea FC have become the second football club in the Premier League to announce the decision to move to LED floodlighting. The first was Southampton. More clubs are expected to make the switch due to broadcast standards.
Southampton is scheduled to play a home match on the 9th of August and Chelsea on the 12th. The referee will decide if the LED floodlights are switched on.
Chelsea FC are also upgrading the lighting at their training grounds with the same Philips LED floodlights.
Chief Executive of Chelsea FC, Ron Gourley, 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.”
CEO of Philips Lighting, Eric Rondolat, said: “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, Our LED pitch lighting meets the new stringent broadcast criteria of the English Premier League in helping to deliver high definition, flicker-free super-slow motion images and ensures that Chelsea delivers the best possible viewing experience to 40,000 plus fans in the stadium as well as those at home.”