Energy Efficiency in Sports Venues

The Green Sports Alliance and The National Institute of Building Sciences last week released a report focusing on driving energy and water efficiency in sports venues. The press release for the report – “Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues” – points to big opportunities:

Over 240 million fans visit sports venues annually. Total square footage of these facilities easily reaches into the hundreds of millions. Sports teams and clubs employ nearly 60,000 people and generate $22.6 billion in annual revenue. The opportunity for these facility owners to improve energy and water performance of their venues, reduce operating costs and engage their communities is enormous.

The press release says that The Green Sports Alliance will hold a webinar on the report on March 15.

The Cleveland Indians lost a heartbreaking World Series game seven last year, but they have something bright to look forward to: New LED lighting.

The lights will be operational at Progressive Field, the 23-year-old ballpark in which they play, by opening day in April. The $2.1 million project, according to Crain’s Cleveland, will make “The Tribe” the sixth team that has move to LEDs. The Seattle Mariners made the move in 2015 and were the first.

Progressive Field’s 674 1,500W metal halide bulbs will be replaced by 456 1,000W LEDs from Ephesus Lighting. The new lighting will be 20 percent to 30 percent brighter and will result in savings of about 70 percent. The move is being funded by a tax on alcohol and cigarettes in Cuyahoga County.

Lighting sports venues is very demanding: There can be no dim or missed spots when Noah Syndergaard is throwing a baseball at 100 miles per hour or Tom Brady is moving The Patriots down the field. Syracuse.com said yesterday that Ephesus Lighting has been called on to provide LEDs for the next three Super Bowls: 2018 in Minneapolis, 2019 in Atlanta and 2020 in Miami. It provided the equipment for the first LED-lit Super Bowl, which was at the University of Phoenix Stadium in 2015.

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