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San Diego Padres Install LED Sports Lighting in Petco Park

09 April 2016

With baseball in full swing across the U.S., the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park unveiled its new light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system during the team’s home opener on April 4th.

The SportsGreen LED lighting system allows players to track balls more easily,  makes  television broadcasts better and introduces show-time elements to the ball park. Source: Musco The SportsGreen LED lighting system allows players to track balls more easily, makes television broadcasts better and introduces show-time elements to the ball park. Source: Musco The new lighting will not only provide a more energy-efficient ballpark but also will give the stadium brighter and more uniform lighting for athletes and fans. The Padres join a growing list of sporting franchises that are making the switch to more efficient, brighter lighting options in their stadiums. Recently the Houston Astros unveiled its SportsCluster Green LED lighting system at its Minute Maid ballpark in order to give attendees higher quality lighting in that facility.

[Insert EEE_8968 here] Petco Park also installed Musco’s SportsGreen LED system in the ballpark in an effort to reduce spill light and glare both inside and outside the stadium. For the Padres, this was a priority when upgrading the lighting system as the stadium is located in an area of downtown San Diego where it neighbors many buildings.

According to Musco, the lighting system allows players to see the trajectory of the ball more easily, enhances television broadcasts by eliminating flicker effects during instant replays, introduces show-time elements with special effects and eliminates maintenance needs. Furthermore the lighting system will help the baseball team reach its sustainability goals with a 42% reduction in energy consumption compared to its previous lighting equipment—equivalent to taking 660 cars off the road for one year, Musco says.

Petco Park joins a growing list of sports facilities making the switch to LED lighting, including Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium and the University of Arizona’s McKale Center.

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To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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