Mariners switch to LED lights!
Mariners 1st Major League Ball Park to use LED lights
The latest move in green sports…
Our Sustainability Leadership Award Winner, the Mariners baseball team, is the first to do the switch – from energy hogging metal halide bulbs to LEDs. It’s a courageous move, not because of the sustainability factors which bring many obvious benefits, but because lighting is critical at a baseball field and there is nothing like a real-life test with the players to make sure they can still see the ball sailing through the air the way they are used to.
While a few NFL teams have already made the switch, baseball has been hesitant to follow due to the technical challenges of lighting for the sport. Our Mariners are bold leaders, though, and took the leap just as they did back in 2006 when they were the first to begin a major recycling effort. Now they and several other teams are part of the Green Sports Alliance, committed to minimizing their environmental footprint in spite of the huge crowds that come through their ball parks every week.
So far, so good on the benefits of the LED switch.Estimates of energy savings are $50,000/year with the LED bulbs delivering more brightness that the metal halide lamps they replaced.
Now when you head to the ball park to enjoy the game, look up at those square lighting fixtures and know your team is fully committed to their green goals. More in this nice article on the Mariners’ website.
Below is Ryan Van Maarth, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, next to the easy-to-understand waste bin arrangement. Other ball teams would like to follow suit, but many don’t have good recycling centers in their areas. We can count ourselves fortunate here in Seattle, all of the pieces fall into place with such a green-minded supportive community.