New Lighting System to be in Place Prior to the 2016 Major League Baseball Season; Continues Yankees’ Efforts to Promote a Sustainable Environment
The New York Yankees today announced a pending partnership with GigaTera and PLANLED to install light emitting diode (LED) field lighting at Yankee Stadium prior to the 2016 Major League Baseball season. The new energy efficient lighting system will be just the second of its kind to be used in a MLB stadium, joining Seattle’s Safeco Field.
"We are always looking for better ways to conserve natural resources at Yankee Stadium and are thrilled to be able to partner with GigaTera and PLANLED to install state-of-the-art LED field lighting at our venue,” said Doug Behar, Yankees Vice President of Stadium Operations. “These new lights will not only help us reduce our carbon footprint, but they will showcase all of the world-class events that take place at Yankee Stadium in the most pure and natural lighting that currently exists.”
The initiative continues the Yankees’ efforts in promoting a sustainable environment. Since opening the current Yankee Stadium in 2009, the organization has made a dedicated commitment to establishing impactful environmental practices – including renewable energy, composting, water conservation and sustainable purchasing – and to educate fans about the importance of environmental stewardship.
“We are pleased and honored to be selected as the lighting partner of the Yankees and to have the opportunity to provide the most advanced stadium lighting system to the most prestigious franchise in sports history,” said Duk Yong Kim, Chairman of KMW/GigaTera. “Our SUFA X system will achieve dramatic energy saving while enhancing the visual experience for the players, the fans at the ballpark and TV viewers at home.”
“Yankee Stadium will display the future of sports lighting, implementing the research applied design strategy that has been developed in partnership with distinguished researchers, thought leaders, lighting designers and research & development engineers,” said John Hwang, CEO of PLANLED.
Earlier this month, the Yankees were the recipient of the 2015 Environmental Leadership Award, presented by the Green Sports Alliance. The award recognizes a sports team and venue that best exemplifies the practices of promoting a sustainable environment. Green Sports Alliance members represent nearly 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries across the world.
For more information on Yankee Stadium’s green initiatives, please visit www.yankees.com and click on the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page.
About the New York Yankees
Founded in 1903 and currently in their 113th season, the New York Yankees are the most successful and popular team in Major League Baseball history, having won 27 championships while appearing in 40 World Series. The club plays its home games at Yankee Stadium, which is one of New York City’s most-frequented tourist destinations and home to numerous non-baseball events, including college football’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl. As a result of their on-field accomplishments and iconic interlocking “NY” logo, the Yankees are among the most recognized brands in the world.
GigaTera is a global market leader in the LED lighting industry with expertise in sports and industrial applications. Headquartered in Korea with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, GigaTera is revolutionizing the lighting industry with convergent innovations. GigaTera's main product line covers sports lighting application, industrial and warehouse solutions and a high mast and streetlight series.
PLANLED is an innovative lighting solutions provider that specializes in human centric product procurement, research applied design development and corporate lighting program management. PLANLED works in partnership with the Human Centric Lighting Society and the Green Sports Alliance to communicate the powerful benefits of research applied lighting strategy for the improvement of the human experience.