Primera Division football club Estudiantes has agreed a partnership with Signify that will make the Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi the first major stadium in Argentina to employ full LED lighting.

The agreement with the company, formerly known as Philips Lighting, comes as the La Plata-based club prepares to move back to its old home. Estudiantes played its last game at Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi in August 2005 before the stadium, which is also known as 1 y 57, was closed down due to safety concerns.

However, efforts have since taken place to complete the necessary renovations at the stadium, which first opened in 1907, and Estudiantes president Juan Sebastián Verón last week announced that the club will return on November 9.

The deal with Signify will provide lighting throughout the stadium, using the same system as that employed in venues such as Atlético de Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, Juventus’ Allianz Stadium and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. The lighting system will also allow for energy saving of up to 40% at the stadium.

Verón said: “We want a quality stadium that provides our partners and supporters with a new sensory experience, using the most advanced technologies for this. As a community we have a greater responsibility in raising awareness about the care of facilities and our behaviour.

“That a company like Signify accompany us does not do more than endorse that we are on the right track and that our project implies an important quality leap. It will be up to us to manage this new hub of attraction with responsibility and respect for the environment and the city.”

Guido Di Toto, Signify’s general director for Southern Latin America, added: “In South America, Signify is working hard on the incorporation of intelligent and connected lighting technology to take stadiums to the next level of experience.

“In this sense, we are proud to be part of the lighting of this unique stadium, with products, systems and LED services of the highest quality, to enjoy more and better sporting events.”

The new-look Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi will have a capacity of 27,000, with improvements introduced with the goal of becoming one of the most modern stadia in Argentina.

Images: Estudiantes