Over the winter, Safeco Field in Seattle was retrofitted with new state-of-the-art GigaTera light fixtures from KMW Inc., making the ballpark the first in Major League Baseball to illuminate its field of play with LED technology. The Seattle Mariners collaborated with Planled over the offseason to replace the metal halide fixtures at Safeco Field with the new LED fixtures. The new lights are designed to last more than 30 times as long as traditional metal halide bulbs and will reduce the costs of lighting the Safeco Field playing surface by 60 to 70 percent.
The new lighting will also provide more uniform light on the playing surface, reducing glare and shadows for both players and spectators. Improved lighting will also improve the color rendering for television viewers. “The benefits of converting to LED lighting are across the board from the play on the field to supporting the Mariners long-established sustainability goals,” said Mariners’ vice president of ballpark operations Joe Myhra.
The new lighting will be revealed to the public on January 24 and 25 at the 17th Annual Seattle Mariners FanFest.