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Monthly Archives: October 2014

STAPLES Center Upgrades to LED Lighting

The STAPLES Center in Los Angeles has converted the arena’s lighting to a new LED system ahead of the 2014-15 NBA and NHL seasons. Supplied by Solotech and manufactured by Lidlum, the new system will reduce energy costs compared to traditional metal halide lighting of an estimated $280,000 annually. Working with the NBA’s Clippers and NHL’s Kings, the partner companies designed new lighting fixtures that improve both power consumption and color temperature.

“We are thrilled to be on the forefront in our industry by converting the arena to LED lighting,” said STAPLES Center president Lee Zeidman, “it is the latest technology and the wave of the future and we wanted to get on board right away. From an environmental and sustainability standpoint, this made sense for us and will save us significantly in the long run on energy costs.”

The lighting installation is part of a $7 million series of renovations to the sports complex, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this season.

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Amalie Arena Installs Hydroponic Garden

Amalie Arena, home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, has introduced an outdoor hydroponic garden outside of the facility that is being used to grow produce for foodservice operations inside the arena. Using a stacking system to maximize production in the 80-foot by 14-foot garden space, the new garden effectively provides one acre of farming space to provide fruits and vegetables for immediate consumption at the arena. The system maximizes growing space while minimizing water and nutrient usage through a system that collects excess runoff and returns it to storage tanks for future use.

Amalie Arena executive chef Rich Mathis has already been able to incorporate some of the offerings from lettuces to vegetables to herbs, which started to sprout in late August, into menu items in premium seating areas as well as for Lightning players and coaches during team meals. “Not only is it fresher but the flavor is much more intense the way we’re growing it here hydroponically,” Mathis said.

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