ST. LOUIS, MO (KFVS) - The St. Louis Cardinals plan to install a new, state-of-the-art lighting system at Busch Stadium.
According to the team, the new lights will reduce operating costs, energy costs and have the highest, true-to-life color rendering in an outdoor sports venue.
“Since we moved into the new Busch Stadium in 2006, our field lighting has received high marks in MLB evaluations,” said Joe Abernathy, Vice President of Facility Planning. “However, with the recent advances in LED lighting technology we now have an opportunity to further improve the quality of our field lights and reduce our operating and maintenance cost.”
The new lighting system is designed to have a life expectancy of 30 years.
The project started last November with the removal of 680 MH sports lights. They’re being replaced by LED lights and the project is expected to be finished by mid-March.
According to the Cardinals, the LED lights will improve broadcast quality for viewers because the system is HD compatible and 4K ready. This means ultra-slow motion replays will no longer have the light flickering that is visible using MH lights.
They say the system is also capable of producing theatrical lighting effects and themes that can be programmed for home run celebrations and other special events.