Hawkeyes Turn the Lights on with Energy Efficiency and Fan Engagement Using Musco

November 2016
University of Iowa – Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Hawkeyes Turn the Lights on with Energy Efficiency and Fan Engagement Using Musco

IOWA CITY, Iowa–The University of Iowa takes a major step towards maximizing its energy efficiency and enhancing the entertainment experience at Carver-Hawkeye Arena with the installation of an LED system provided by Musco Lighting.

“Musco Lighting is the premier athletic facility lighting company in the world and we are fortunate to have them ‘in our backyard’ based in Iowa. The new LED lights provide Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a natural light setting that is not only more pleasing for fans experiencing our events, but energy efficient and cost-saving for our department,” said Damian Simcox, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, University of Iowa. “Additionally, we now have the ability to turn lights on/off instantaneously and program them as a part of the game presentation. The Musco team and LED lighting system enhances our overall Hawkeye fan experience while making our facility more energy efficient. We could not be more pleased with the end result.”

Having opened its doors in 1983, Carver-Hawkeye Arena has become one of the elite venues in the Big Ten conference. The multi-purpose arena is not only the home of Iowa men’s and women’s basketball, but also wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball. As part of a major two-phase renovation project at the arena, university officials were looking for a lighting system that could meet the various sports lighting needs of the venue and reduce energy consumption considering the high hours of operations at the arena.

The Musco’s LED lighting system provides many benefits to the arena:

  • Improved Visibility – Customized optics focuses light onto the playing surface, preventing light from shining into the eyes of players and spectators
  • Efficient Controls – Provides instant on/off capabilities and dimming controls for the light output to be adjusted when full power of the system is not needed
  • Visual Experience – Superior light quality creates a stage-like atmosphere for spectators and eliminates the “flicker” effect for slow motion replay during television broadcasts
  • Special Effects – Interfaces with a DMX control board for special effects and can be sequenced with music

The system reduces energy consumption at Carver-Hawkeye Arena by 55 percent compared to the prior lighting equipment when operated at full power, and will also eliminate maintenance costs with a 10-year parts and labor warranty.

“We’re proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the University of Iowa with the installation of the new lighting system,” Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Musco Lighting. “Our system allows the university to conserve energy and reduce operating costs, while still providing a dynamic experience for Hawkeye fans in the arena, and at home.”

Carver-Hawkeye Arena joins a long list of facilities around the world that feature an energy-efficient lighting system provided by the company. The list includes the University of Maryland’s XFINITY Center, Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, Rutgers University’s Rutgers Athletic Center, and University of Illinois’ State Farm Center.

About Musco Lighting

Since 1976, Musco Lighting has led the world in the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting solutions. The company has pioneered innovative systems using metal halide and LED technologies, resulting in an unparalleled ability to control glare and light spill in a way that’s cost effective and energy efficient. Musco has been engineering systems around the LED for nearly a decade, and has designed permanent and temporary solutions for everything from Little League® fields to Olympic Games. The company has earned awards including an Emmy for the quality of its lighting in television broadcasts and a Technical Academy Award for movie lighting. Musco’s global team of experts partner with customers to plan, complete, and maintain a trouble-free solution for their facilities.


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