Safeco Field will be illuminated with LED lights
No, it’s not your eyes, and don’t adjust those television settings.
Opening Day 2015
Mariners vs. Angels, Monday 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field; TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN
This season, the Mariners will become the first major-league team to illuminate its playing field with LED lights, giving Safeco Field its first lighting upgrade since it opened in 1999.
And fans both attending and tuning into this week’s season-opening series against the Los Angeles Angels will notice an immediate difference. The colors, first of all, the yellows and reds, will pop.
“It simulates daylight sun,” Mariners vice president of baseball operations Joe Myhra said, “very similar to natural daylight.”
Myhra said the team began considering upgrading to a new technology more than two years ago, when the original lighting fixtures started to show their age. The Mariners partnered with KMW, Inc., and Planled on the transition.
The technology isn’t new to the sports world. Seattle fans who made the trip to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., for the Super Bowl are familiar with it, and Planled has worked with the Portland Trail Blazers to update the façade lighting at the Moda Center.
For baseball, though, this is a first — perhaps surprisingly, given the sport’s daylight roots.
Part of a reason for the delay is in a baseball field’s unique shape, in the nooks and crannies tucked in the corners of its stadiums.