Detroit, Michigan, USA
Detroit Lions Unleash State-of-the-Art LED Lighting System at Ford Field
“The new LED lighting at Ford Field not only improves the guest experience in terms of clearer sightlines, but allows for greater lighting flexibility for all stadium events. Additionally, the new system uses a third of the energy in comparison to the previous lighting.”
— Todd Argust
Vice President of Operations
Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions – unveiled an energy-efficient LED lighting system provided by Musco Lighting, in time for the 2016-2017 NFL season.
Ford Field opened its doors in 2002 as a multi-purpose venue used for Lions home games, concerts and premiere sporting events ranging from the Super Bowl to hosting college hockey’s Frozen Four and college basketball’s Final Four. The venue needed a solution that had the customization to meet the unique needs of all events, while reducing energy consumption, improving light quality and enhancing the entertainment experience at the stadium. Those needs will be met with the several benefits offered with the installation of Musco’s SportsCluster® system:
- Customized optic control for each of the 312 luminaires that directs light precisely onto the playing surface
- Maximizes energy consumption and prevents light from shining into the eyes of players and spectators
- Integrated DMX special effects to provide fans with the latest in sports lighting entertainment
- Instant on/off capabilities and dimming controls that allow for the light output to be adjusted when full power of the system is not required
- Superior light quality that eliminates the “flicker” effect for television broadcasts
The system will also reduce energy consumption at Ford Field by 62 percent compared to the prior lighting system when operated at full power. This will allow the venue to cut CO2 emissions by 4,539 metric tons over the next decade, which is equivalent to taking 956 cars off the road for one year.
And with Musco’s 10-year long-term parts and labor warranty backed by a team of technicians, maintenance costs are eliminated. This will reduce operating costs at Ford Field by $1.2 million over the next decade.