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Detroit Lions unleash new lighting system at Ford Field

Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions – unveiled an energy-efficient LED lighting system provided by Musco Lighting for the Lions’ first regular season home game against the Tennessee Titans.

Musco’s custom designed optics improve visibility for players and spectators, while reducing energy consumption by 62%.

Todd Argust, Detroit Lions Vice President of Operations, said:

The new LED lighting at Ford Field not only improves the guest experience in terms of clearer sightlines, but allows for greater lighting flexibility for all stadium events. Additionally, the new system uses a third of the energy in comparison to the previous lighting.

Ford Field opened its doors in 2002 as a multi-purpose venue used for Lions home games, concerts and premier sporting events ranging from the Super Bowl to hosting college hockey’s Frozen Four and college basketball’s Final Four.

The venue needed a solution that had the customisation to meet the unique needs of all events, while reducing energy consumption, improving light quality and enhancing the entertainment experience at the stadium.

Those needs will be met with several benefits offered with the installation of Musco’s SportsCluster Green™ LED system:

Visibility – Delivers precisely controlled light on the field with customized optics, preventing light from shining into the eyes of players and spectators

Special Effects – Interfaces with a DMX control board for special effects to provide fans with the latest in sports lighting entertainment

Efficient Controls – Provides instant on/off capabilities and dimming controls for the light output to be adjusted when full power of the system is not required

Superior Broadcasts – Eliminates the “flicker” effect during slow motion replay

The system will reduce energy consumption at Ford Field by 62% compared to the prior lighting equipment when operated at full power.

This will allow the venue to cut CO2 emissions by 4,539 metric tons over the next decade. And with a 10-year long-term parts and labour warranty backed by a team of technicians, maintenance costs are eliminated.

This will reduce operating costs at Ford Field by $1.2m over the next decade.

Ford Field joins a lengthy list of venues around the world that feature a state-of-the-art LED lighting solution provided by the company.

The list includes the Detroit Pistons’ Palace of Auburn Hills, the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, and Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium.

The University of Notre Dame has also recently installed Musco Lighting’s SportsCluster Green™ LED system at Notre Dame Stadium.

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