Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will Be Lit with New LED Lighting System

Oct 18, 2011 New Orlean's nola.com reports on the exciting event that is panned for October 20 2011. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome  will be officially lit with new LED lighting system, illuminating the outside of the 36-year iconic stadium in a spectrum of animated colors and images.

According to the media New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Superdome commission Chairman Ron Forman and SMG Senior Vice President Doug Thornton will host a free-to-the-public lighting ceremony to showcase the capabilities of the $1.6 million permanent system that will be set to a musical soundtrack. The ceremony is at 7:15 p.m. Thursday night at Champions Square; the square opens at 6 p.m.

In June, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District -- the board appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to plan, finance, construct, develop, maintain and operate six state-owned facilities including the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena -- voted to approve the LED lighting system, which was paid for out of the recently completed $85 million renovation budget.

Although the price tag seems costly, Dome officials told LSED members at its June meeting that it will save money over the long haul because it'll reduce the cost of the monthly energy bill.

The entire system, when operating in one color, draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity -- the equivalent amount of energy used by a small home. When operated six hours per day every day of the year, no lights will need to be replaced until 2057, according to Dome officials.

For full details please refer to: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/10/superdome_will_soon_be_aglow_w.html

Author:  Alice Jones

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