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San Diego Padres ‘light up’ Petco Park

The San Diego Padres unveiled a brand new state-of-the-art LED lighting system by Musco Lighting at its home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 4 at Petco Park.

Mark Guglielmo, Padres Vice President of Ballpark Operations & General Manager of Petco Park, said:

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. 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 neighbouring buildings in the heart of downtown San Diego.

The system, combined with Musco’s 40-year application knowledge, provides several benefits for athletes, fans, owners and HD broadcasts:

  • Improves visibility, allowing players to clearly see the trajectory of the ball
  • Enhances television broadcasts by eliminating the ‘flicker’ effect during instant replays and provides a more focused light on the field
  • Ensures reliable performance with lighting, electrical and structural components engineered as a complete system
  • Introduces show-time elements with special effects
  • Eliminates maintenance with a comprehensive parts and labour 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 to the prior lighting equipment. This reduction in energy usage is comparable to taking 660 cars off the road for one year.

Jeff Rogers, Vice President, Musco Lighting, said:

Our LED lighting system’s ability to control light has improved the environment for athletes and spectators from Little League fields to professional stadiums. Petco Park will provide one of the most unique visual atmospheres to experience America’s favourite pastime.

Petco Park is the latest venue in a long list of premier facilities to feature Musco’s cutting-edge LED lighting solutions, with others including the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium and the University of Arizona’s McKale Center.


About Musco Lighting

Since 1976, Musco Lighting has specialised in the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting solutions around the world – pioneering 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 Little League® fields to Olympic Games. Musco’s global team of experts partner with customers to plan, complete and maintain cost-effective, trouble-free lighting solutions for their facilities.

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