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Application Sports Flood Lighting
Location Yankee Stadium (New York, USA)
Light source SFA1K0
Lighting support GigaTera & PlanLED Technical Team
The first successful MLB stadium to ever light up with LED’s was through GigaTera SUFA lights at the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field and this success did not stop there. After first hand experience with this new technology, the Seattle Mariners announced their full-fledged support for the technology. Though the Yankees originally did not think a lighting upgrade would be necessary because they had already achieved the highest levels of lighting conditions among all baseball stadiums in the US with the new metal halides introduced during the rebuilding of the stadium in 2009, the attestation of Safeco Field stadium operators of the economic and non-economic benefits of LED technology had convinced reconsideration.

In addition, it was revealed later that the Yankee athletes whom had been able to play under the LED lights at the Seattle Mariners Safeco Field had also proposed the lights at their home stadium. After this point, the project had progressed swiftly with the signing of a letter foregoing the MOU stage and moving straight towards the signing of the contract. The technology had been able to be improved upon since the original SUFA 800W debut at the Mariners Stadium. The GigaTera engineers had been able to complete the development of its successor for sports lighting, the SUFA-A 1kW, just in time for use at the Yankee Stadium for major performance improvements.

Highly acclaimed by the participating MLB Official Auditor, Michael Owen, who has more than 30 years experience, the GigaTera SUFA-A solution at Yankee Stadium far surpasses MLB regulations in terms of luminance and uniformity. A state of the art lighting environment has been achieved with nearly no deviation in the luminance values of the infield and the outfield. Also, unique to the SUFA design is the unprecedented control of glare or uncontrolled light pollution for a much more pleasant viewing experience. The enabling of convenient dimming of the lights behind the home plate with this level of glare control now allows the Yankee Stadium sign in front of the stadium to be viewable from most parts of the stadium. This is the second case ever of LED adoption at MLB stadiums and has succeeded in becoming the best-lit stadium in the world to introduce GigaTera as the new standard for ‘the sports lighting of the future’.