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Sacramento Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé Featured in CNBC Profile Discussing Team’s Innovative Use of Technology

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Yesterday, CNBC recognized the Sacramento Kings efforts to redefine the sports and entertainment experience through technology. The team’s new home, Golden 1 Center, is redefining how franchises and venues around the world think about the guest experience and embracing emerging technology.

The feature is just the latest recognition of the Sacramento Kings industry-leading technology and sustainability efforts. Just last week, the Green Sports Alliance honored the Kings as one of 12 “Environmental Innovators of the Year” for their sustainability efforts and in May, Golden 1 Center was named “Sports Facility of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. Additionally, the team’s groundbreaking new mobile app earned an Appy Award last month, was featured in Fast Company as the “Most Innovative Company in Sports,” and tops the list of SportTechie’s “25 Most Tech Savvy Sports Teams.”

Since becoming the first basketball team to pioneer Twitter 10 years ago, the Kings have continued to experiment with technology that revolutionizes the way the team interacts with their fans and community. Most recently, Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé announced a new effort with the city to bring autonomous vehicles to Sacramento, including a challenge to transport 50 people to the team’s season opener without a driver. Golden 1 Center will also host sport and sustainability executives at the seventh annual Green Sports Alliance summit later this month.

Other innovations and honors include:

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Will LED Lighting Affect the Game of Baseball?

By Mark Urycki

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The Cleveland Indians next home game is Friday when they host the Minnesota Twins.   It’s a night game, like most of the games in Major League Baseball.

The Indians won the very first American League night game in 1939 in Philadelphia.  The first of any Major League Baseball game played under lights occurred down state in Cincinnati four years earlier.

Now as stadiums change their lighting systems statisticians will be watching to see if the game changes.

Probably the very first of any baseball game played under lights involved two amateur teams in Massachusetts in 1880. Thanks to Cleveland inventor Charles Brush they had arc lamps available.

The professional teams eventually settled on metal halide lamps and for the last 50 years that’s been the standard.  But this year Progressive Field became one of a dozen Major League parks to use lower-wattage LED lighting.

The installation was dome by Ephesus Lighting, a subsidiary of Cleveland’s Eaton Corporation.  Ephesus president Mike Lorenz says the league is backing the change.

“There’s an organization called the Green Sports Alliance it was founded less than 10 years ago. And their whole vision is to encourage teams to reduce their carbon footprint in a variety of ways. And obviously lighting is a major component of that.”

Lorenz figures the LED’s at Progressive Field will reduce the club’s power consumption by 50%.  And because the LED’s can be quickly turned on and off, savings may be more than that.  Indoor arenas and stadiums that are air-conditioned may save the most money because LED’s give off much less heat.

How much light and what color they have is largely up to the teams.  Lorenz says each lamp is made up of many diodes that can be tuned to a specific color temperature,

“We try to create as consistent a light as we can so that during the transition from late afternoon to early evening to evening the field of play is as consistent as it can be for the players and the fans and the broadcasting.”

If you’ve looked into an LED flashlight you know it can be painful.   Lorenz says they work to avoid problems for players that need to look up into the lights to catch a ball.

“For players, what they are concerned about is unintended light or glare zones. And because we can be very precise in how we direct the light we can reduce the number of player glare zones.  Obviously these lights are very bright and if you look straight at it it’s going to be intense.  Our goal is try to mimize those areas where players are forced to look up at those lights”

Lorenz says his company has installed LED’s in hundreds of venues and have heard no complaints from players.  But how will it affect batters?

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D.C. Sports Arena Will Tap Into Off-Site Solar Project

Solar Industry Magazine
Posted by Joseph Bebon

Monumental Sports & Entertainment and WGL Energy Services Inc. have announced a partnership that will allow Verizon Center – a Washington, D.C., arena home to the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Valor, as well as concerts and other entertainment events – to purchase power from a new solar facility in Maryland.

The solar electricity purchased by Monumental Sports & Entertainment to power Verizon Center will be sourced from an off-site, third-party-owned solar facility in Frederick County, Md., and bundled with national solar renewable energy credits – allowing the sports and entertainment facility to operate using 25% solar energy.

“Off-site renewable energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors within the energy industry,” says Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson III, vice president and chief revenue officer for WGL. “As renewable energy offerings continue to mature, it’s exciting to see the sports industry play a major role in sourcing off-site renewable energy.” WGL has served as the official energy and greening partner of Verizon Center since 2015.

“Sustainability is at the core of our operations,” says Dave Touhey, president of venues at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates Verizon Center. “We are excited to expand our energy relationship with WGL Energy by entering into this new partnership to bring more renewable energy to Verizon Center.”

Beginning in late 2017, Verizon Center will receive about 4.7 million kWh per year of energy from 3.5 MW of the solar project. Verizon Center is a member of the Green Sports Alliance, and through this new partnership, the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Valor are among the first professional sports teams powered by off-site renewable energy.

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