Telecommunications company Telecom Argentina has agreed a strategic partnership with Estudiantes through which it will make Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi the “first 100% digital stadium” in the country as the Superliga football club prepares to return home.

La Plata-based 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 events are scheduled for November 9-10 to mark its reopening.

Telecom has become Estudiantes’ official technology partner and will provide its latest generation communications and connectivity solutions throughout the sports complex. WiFi and 4G connectivity will be provided throughout the stadium, along with its shops, restaurants and museum.

In addition, Telecom’s streaming platform, Flow, will be the main sponsor of the sports complex. It will be utilised to generate official content for the club in the stadium, training ground, for communications through its digital channels and the club app. Flow will also sponsor Estudiantes’ esports team.

The new-look Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi will have a capacity of 30,018 and will be eligible to host competitions staged by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Among the innovations at the stadium will be an electric power wind turbine, through which cutting-edge technology will be used to serve as a backup supply for the press boxes, as well as the changing room area.

The Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi will also be the first 100% LED football stadium in Argentina through a partnership agreed with Signify in May. This will reduce its energy consumption by more than 40%.