New Stadium Lights Project Underway at Busch Stadium

GSA Statement

The St. Louis Cardinals announce another milestone in their” 4 a Greener Game“  Sustainability Program.  The Cardinals have partnered with fellow GSA member, PLANLED, to convert their sports field lighting system to LED technology for the upcoming 2019 season.  The conversion to LED lighting will reduce the cost to operate the field lights by over 60%, allowing the Cardinals to reduce their overall energy consumption by approximately by 5%.  The new system will be the most advance outdoor sports lighting system in professional sports.

“It is hard to believe that Busch Stadium will be starting its 14th season in 2019.  Back when we opened in 2006 LED lights were around, but were not viable at that time for sports field lighting.  Since 2014, 15 MLB stadia have converted to LED lighting.  This year, we are one of three teams converting to LED for the 2019 season.  That brings the total number of MLB stadium using LED Sports lightning to 18.  I would expect that the other 12 stadia will convert to LED in the next 5-7 years.  When all 30 MLB teams make the change to LED lighting they will collectively save enough energy each year to operate one of those 30 stadiums for 1 year.” said Joe Abernathy, VP – Facilities Planning for the St. Louis Cardinals and GSA Board Member.


“We are excited to work with PLANLED for the Sports Field Lighting.  We watched closely the developments that PLANLED and other manufacturers made over the last 5 years.  Not only will the PLANLED solution using GigaTera fixtures meet our operating and energy efficiency goals, but they will also tremendously improve the quality of the lights.” Joe went on to say. 

The new system will have a Color Rendering Index of 90%, up from the our lighting system of 60%.  The new lighting system will provide a quality of light that will be 90% of the quality of natural light with improved uniformity while reducing shadows and glare.  This will make the lighting more visually comfortable for the players and the guests.  The advanced nature of the LED lights will also improve the broadcast quality for viewers at home since the system is HD compatible and 4K ready.  Ultra-slow motion replays will no longer have the light flickering that is visible using MH lights.  The system is capable of producing theatrical lighting effects and themes that can be programmed for home run celebrations and other special events.

Additionally, the Cardinals and PLANLED will partner to share the same LED lighting technology with the St. Louis community.  The SHINE program will donate LED Human Centric Lighting products to a local school and host educational programs on Human Centric Lighting for local building owners and designers.   "It is an honor and a privilege to partner with Cardinals to introduce SHINE to St. Louis." said PLANLED CEO, John Hwang, “SHINE will make a difference in how our children learn and play at schools by bringing daylight experience indoors." 

More information on the SHINE program will be available in the coming weeks.

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