May 15, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with Global Spectrum, one of the nation’s leading public assembly facility management companies, today unveiled plans for a series of renovations at the school’s Mullins Center, a 10,000-seat multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue, designed to enhance the fan experience.

Renovations include the installation of new, dynamic LED sports lighting for the arena and new upholstery for 3,594 seats. Additionally, 7,705 seats will have cup holders installed.  

Universal Electric Co. (electric contractor) and Ephesus Lighting (LED Lighting supplier) have been awarded the bid to replace the existing HID (high intensity discharge) lighting with LED sports lighting. Ephesus focuses on commercial, industrial, and entertainment lighting that is vibrant and sustainable. With the new lighting in place, fans in the Mullins Center or watching Mullins Center events on HDTV will have a brighter, sharper view of the performance. In addition, the LED sports lighting will cut the venue’s energy costs by 50 to 75 percent for each event. Installation of the lighting is expected to begin this month.

The new upholstery in all padded seats will provide an upgraded appearance and more comfort. Finally, patrons at every permanent seat will have a secure place to put their drinks.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the beginning of August.                       

“These building enhancements are going to take our fans’ experience to a new level” says Brian Caputo, Assistant General Manager/Director of Operations of the Mullins Center. “Our new partnership with Ephesus Lighting and the upgraded seats will jump start the 2014 sports season.”  

For information on upcoming events at the Mullins Center, please visit our website at Tickets for all Mullins Center events are available through, or at the Mullins Center Box Office. You can also become a fan and follow the Mullins Center Facebook at and on Twitter at for special sneak peeks and daily updates.

Global Spectrum ( manages more than 120 public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers SkateZone, a series of community ice skating rinks.