The San Diego Padres unveiled a new state-of-the-art LED system from Musco Lighting at the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park on April 4.
“The San Diego Padres are extremely pleased to partner with industry-leader Musco Lighting, with Petco Park being the first professional baseball venue to implement its LED sports lighting technology,” says Mark Guglielmo, vice president of ballpark operations and general manager of Petco Park.
“We are proud that Musco LED Sports Lighting will provide not only a brighter and more uniform lighting experience for our athletes and fans, but also will make our ballpark more energy efficient. Musco’s ability to install, test and commission its product during a busy non-baseball event schedule this offseason is a reflection of its experience and professionalism. We’d also like to thank Cisterra Development for its partnership on this project.”
Finding a solution that would reduce spill light and glare was a priority. The SportsCluster Green LED system, with specially designed optics, cuts glare both inside and outside the stadium. This is especially important due to the venue’s proximity to neighboring buildings in the heart of downtown.
The system, combined with Musco’s 40-year application knowledge, provides several benefits for athletes, fans, owners and HD broadcasts, including: improving visibility, which enables players to clearly see the trajectory of the ball; enhancing television broadcasts by eliminating the flicker effect during instant replays and providing a more focused light on the field; ensuring reliable performance with lighting, electrical, and structural components engineered as a complete system; introducing show-time elements with special effects; and eliminating maintenance with a comprehensive parts and labor warranty backed by a team of technicians.
Additionally, the new system will help the Padres reach its sustainability goals with a 42% reduction in energy consumption compared with the prior lighting equipment.
“Our LED lighting system’s ability to control light has improved the environment for athletes and spectators from Little League fields to professional stadiums,” said Jeff Rogers, vice president of Musco Lighting. “Petco Park will provide one of the most unique visual atmospheres to experience America’s favorite pastime.”
Petco Park is the latest venue to join a long list of premier facilities that feature the company’s cutting-edge LED lighting solutions, including NFL team the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Texas, USA; English Premier League soccer club Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium in London, UK; and the University of Arizona’s McKale Center.
April 14, 2016