Changing the Game with LEDs

Although baseball is considered America’s oldest pastime, LED lighting is giving the sport a modern update.

Across the country, Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are ramping up efforts to modernize their stadiums. From greater energy efficiency to improved visibility for players and spectators, high-efficiency LED lighting has become a true game-changer for the sport.

For many years, baseball stadiums were illuminated with traditional metal halide lights. Compared to LED lights, metal halide lights are significantly less energy efficient. In addition, they have a shorter lifespan and lose brightness over time.

Recently, MLB stadiums have started to adopt LEDs. In 2015, the Seattle Mariners became the first team to light their playing field with LEDs, and 12 MLB teams have followed their lead, including the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.

Read on to learn how LED lighting is impacting the sport, and why more teams should step up to the plate.

  • The Seattle Mariners save more than $50,000 in energy costs each season by illuminating Safeco Field with LEDs.3 A new LED scoreboard lowered their annual electricity usage by 90 percent.4
  • Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, became the first MLB stadium to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in 2008. The facility’s energy-efficient lighting uses 20 percent less energy than standard stadium lights.5
  • The San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park installed motion-sensor lighting and replaced their scoreboard with a high-definition version that is 80 percent more energy efficient.5
  • In 2017, Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, upgraded to LED lighting. They are projected to reduce their annual energy consumption by 50 percent.2, 6
  • The San Diego Padres upgraded Petco Park with LED lighting and reduced the number of fixtures from 768 to 400. Not only did they reduce energy costs, but the LEDs provided more light on the field.7