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The University of Alabama’s Sewell – Thomas Stadium will soon make history as one of the first NCAA baseball fields lit with an LED light source. The University of Alabama has chosen Musco’s Light-Structure Green™, having previously installed Musco’s lighting systems at several venues on campus including its tennis facility and the Sam Bailey Track Stadium.

Musco’s Light-Structure Green™ system using an LED light source provides many benefits for players, spectators, and television broadcasts.

  • Improves visibility with custom optics designed to direct the light on the field and not into the players or spectators’ eyes
  • Reduces energy consumption by 53 percent compared to the prior 1500-watt metal halide lights
  • Provides a complete solution from foundation to poletop in 5 Easy Pieces™ for trouble-free installation and reliable performance
  • Eliminates maintenance with Musco’s 10-year parts and labor warranty backed by a network of Musco technicians

The LED light source offers instant on/off/dimming capabilities for additional energy savings when full power of the system is not needed such as between games or during practice.

Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Developmental Sales, Musco Lighting, said:

The Alabama Crimson Tide is setting the stage for collegiate baseball with an energy-efficient lighting solution that improves playability, enhances broadcasts, and brings a show-time element before, during, and after games with special effects.

Combining the system’s efficient operations with Musco’s warranty, the university’s operating costs will be substantially reduced.

Sydney Cricket Ground for MLB 2014 opening series

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Sydney Cricket Ground’s renovation includes a baseball event mode.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host Major League Baseball’s 2014 Opening Series. The games between the National League West rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will be Major League Baseball’s first regular season games to be staged in Australia. The Sydney Cricket Ground will be fully renovated to a baseball configuration and Major League standards in order to host the games.

MLB has previously opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001). Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said:

The globalisation of our game continues to be paramount to Major League Baseball, and Australia is an essential part of our long-term efforts to grow the sport. We look forward to writing an exciting new chapter in international baseball history at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground next March.

The groundbreaking event was announced by the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, at a press conference in Sydney, which was attended by Tom Nicholson, Director of MLB’s Australia & Oceania Office, and Tim Slavin, Chief of Business Affairs and Senior Counsel for the MLBPA.

Major League Baseball’s history at the Sydney Cricket Ground dates to December 1888, when Spalding’s World Tourists played a series of exhibition games, including a December 15, 1888 contest that attracted 5,500 spectators.