Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros will take the field on April 11 against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park. The game will be under lighting from Musco’s SportsCluster Green™ LED system. The new lighting is part of a significant renovation of Minute Maid Park. According to Musco, the LED lighting will offer an unprecedented level of energy efficiency and enhance the spectator experience at the ballpark. Minute Maid Park will become the second MLB venue to install Musco’s LED solution.
The new Musco system replaces the original metal halide fixtures that were installed for the opening of the 40,000-seat stadium in 2000. The prior lighting consumed more energy, required costly maintenance, and did not offer special effects to improve the entertainment experience. The Astros and the stadium owner, Harris County- Houston Sports Authority, looked to Musco for a customized solution to provide more efficient and better quality lighting that also enabled special effects.
“We are continuously looking for ways to improve the stadium experience for both our fans and our players,” said Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan. “The new LED lighting system will help us provide a top of the line experience while increasing our energy efficiency all year long. We look forward to seeing the field of Minute Maid Park under new lights in 2016.”
Musco says its lighting solution will help stadium officials conserve energy, save money, and improve the experience for spectators, athletes, and television broadcasts. The new LED-based system cuts energy consumption by 52 percent. These energy savings are reportedly enough to power 380 Texas homes for each hour of use. The LED lighting system’s specially designed optics are said to reduce glare, allowing players to see the complete trajectory of the ball. Musco says that the system creates a stage-like atmosphere for fans, and it virtually eliminates maintenance with the company’s long-term parts and labor warranty.
“We’ve been helping customers for four decades provide energy-efficient solutions that improve the playing environment for athletes and fans,” said Jeff Rogers, vice president, Musco Lighting. “The new system will not only save the Astros one million dollars in operating costs over the next ten years but will bring a new level of entertainment with special effects and our patented optics.”