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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.

Nashville Sounds downtown ballpark investment gets approval

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The Nashville Sounds will play ball in a new park in 2015 after the Metro Council approved the $65 million bond issue and land acquisition for the stadium on its third reading. After the second reading, Mayor Karl Dean said:

This investment north of downtown returns baseball to its historic home in Sulphur Dell and will spur further redevelopment of the Jefferson Street area, and that’s great for our entire city. I thank all our partners in the deal, including Gov. Bill Haslam, the State Building Commission members and their staff, the Nashville Sounds, Embrey Development Corp. and the members of the Metro Council and Nashville Sports Authority.

The overall project includes $87 million in expected private development. The stadium will hold 10,000 with 8,500 fixed seats. The Sports Authority has specified high efficiency floodlighting with minimal spill, distributed stadium sound directed towards downtown, 1,000 car lot to encourage downtown parking which has worked at LP Field, strong pedestrian links and a family entertainment experience.

Wrigley Field redevelopment gets Chicago council approval

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Chicago City Council has approved a planned development that outlines the rehabilitation and revitalisation work that will be undertaken in and around Wrigley Field. Mayor Emanuel said:

I am pleased to take another step forward in this process as we plan for the revitalisation of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. There is still much work to do, and I will continue to work with Alderman Tunney and the community as we go through this process. We are continuing to move forward on this plan to bring valuable jobs and economic impact to the Lakeview community without using any taxpayer dollars.

The planned development came together after months of meetings and negotiations involving Tunney, the community, the Mayor’s office and the Chicago Cubs. Tunney said:

My sworn obligation is to act in the best interest of my entire Ward which includes not only the Cubs, but also the residents and small businesses that surround Wrigley Field,” said . “I feel that I have done that and am proud of what we all have accomplished working together understanding that compromise is a part of all negotiations.

The value of the renovation work is $500 million, including updated facilities for players, a 5,700-square-foot big screen in left field, one advertising sign in right field and a hotel in Clark Street.

Tunney’s initial fears about the screens and signage affecting residents were allayed by concessions on no additional future signage and postponing the proposed bridge over Clark Street that would have connected the hotel and ballpark.

The Ricketts family, which purchased the team in 2009, has promised a $4.7 million community fund and anticipates creating nearly 1,300 permanent new jobs at what is the third largest tourist attraction in Illinois. Club chairman Tom Ricketts said:

We still have a lot of baseball to play to get to the finish line. We still need to secure community and city approval.