Jul 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (July 13, 2016) -- Lighting up arenas is a big job. It’s also a big energy drain on facilities.

To address that, Spectra by Comcast Spectacor worked with the Mullins Center and 13 other arenas it manages to convert from traditional HID and Quartz Lighting to the latest in LED Sports Lighting. The switch has yielded mega savings, according to Dan Rubino, Director of Operations & Special Events for Spectra. “The energy and cost efficiencies are dramatic. Collectively, we’re saving more than 4 trillion watts per year, which is enough energy to power 400 homes for a year, and nearly $560,000 in energy costs are being saved annually,” Rubino said.

For Spectra venues like the Mullins Center, it’s those utility savings that are actually paying for the lighting conversions. “Because of our broad portfolio of venues managed and our strong vendor relationships, we can leverage both to create real value and impact for clients,” Rubino added. “In this case, the Mullins Center was able to receive a rebate from their local electric company based on their projected energy savings,” he said.

Not only has the LED lighting conversion reduced the venues’ environmental and energy footprints, it’s also creating a better experience for fans and arena guests. “The new LED lights help make the playing surface brighter for both the players and the fans,” Says Brian Caputo, General Manager. “We also use lighting effects to enhance game presentations for player introductions or when UMass scores a goal.  We are excited about what the new lights are capable of doing.”

In addition to the Mullins Center, the sites that have gone LED so far include Spectra venues from coast-to-coast:

Northeast Division

         PPL Center in Allentown, PA
         Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
         Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA
         Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME
         Ryan Center at University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI
         Mullins Center in Amherst, MA
         MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA
         Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA

South Division

         Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA
         BankUnited Center at University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

Central Division

         Bicentennial Center in Salina, KS
         Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA

West Division

         University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ
         Xfinity Events Center in Everett, WA

Rubino said clients like the Mullins Center are very interested in the facility-enhancing features of LED that can include instant on/instant off; dimmable lighting; changeable light temperatures since, for example, hockey teams prefer cooler, white lights while basketball arenas like warmer, yellow light; and enhanced ability to create custom scenes since every fixture can be operated individually.

“Our commitment at Spectra is to make live experiences and events unforgettable, and we do that by managing thousands of working details behind-the-scenes,” he said. “Because our Spectra portfolio of venues managed reaches internationally, we also have a very broad view of best practices and are very agile in sharing and applying those new ideas at multiple locations in order to deliver the most value to our clients,” said Rubino.

About Spectra

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.