When Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros take the field on April 11 against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park, it will be under Musco’s cutting-edge SportsCluster Green™ LED system. As part of continued upgrades to Minute Maid Park, the new lighting system will provide unprecedented levels of energy efficiency and enhance the spectator experience at the ballpark.
The new system, which replaces the original metal halide lighting equipment that was installed when the 40,000-seat stadium opened in 2000, will consume less energy, require less maintenance and offer special effects to enhance the ballpark’s entertainment experience. That’s why the Astros looked to Musco for a customised solution.
Astros President of Business Operations, Reid Ryan, said:
We are continuously looking for ways to improve the stadium experience for both our fans and our players. 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’s lighting solution will provide a variety of benefits that will help conserve energy, and improve the experience for spectators, athletes, and television broadcasts.
- Cuts energy consumption by 52 percent, enough to power 380 Texas homes for each hour of use
- Reduces glare with specially designed optics allowing players to see the complete trajectory of the ball
- Creates a stage-like atmosphere for fans
- Eliminates maintenance with Musco’s long-term parts and labor warranty
Jeff Rogers, Vice President, Musco Lighting, added:
We’ve been helping customers for four decades provide energy-efficient solutions that improve the playing environment for athletes and fans. The new system will not only improve the Astros’ energy efficiency, but will bring a new level of entertainment with special effects and our patented optics.
Minute Maid Park will become the second MLB venue to install Musco’s innovative LED solution and joins an extensive list of premier facilities that feature a customised Musco LED lighting system. That list includes the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium, the San Antonio Spurs’ AT&T Center and Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium.
Image: The Houston Astros will unveil Musco’s LED lighting solution at Minute Maid Park on April 11, 2016. (Photo: Houston Astros).
About Houston Astros / Minute Maid Park
The Astros have been Houston’s hometown baseball team since 1962, when the Colt .45s first took the field in Colt Stadium. Three years later, the team became the Houston Astros, now in their 55th season in Major League Baseball. In 2013, the Astros moved to the American League West Division, becoming the first franchise to move from the National League to the American League. For 81 games a year, the Astros can be found on their home field at Minute Maid Park, where families and friends come together to enjoy America’s favourite pastime in one of baseball’s most comfortable and fan-friendly ballparks. In addition to striving for success on the field, the Astros take pride in their local community and are committed to making Houston a better place by honoring our nation’s military, combatting homelessness, aiding in the fight against cancer and supporting youth baseball and softball through the Astros Foundation’s cornerstone programs.
For more information on the Astros, please visit www.astros.com.
About Musco Lighting
Since 1976, Musco Lighting has specialised in the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting solutions around the world. Musco has pioneered systems using metal halide and LED technologies that have made dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and provided affordable ways to control spill light and glare. Permanent and temporary lighting solutions range from neighbourhood pitches to Olympic Games. Musco has a global team of experts that partner with customers to plan, complete, and maintain a cost-effective, trouble-free lighting solution for their facility.
For more information on Musco’s innovative lighting solutions, visit: www.musco.com.