Energy-Efficient Lighting, New Upholstery Being Installed at Mullins Center

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with Global Spectrum, one of the nation’s leading public assembly facility management companies, unveiled plans on May 15 for renovations that will enhance the fan experience and cut energy costs at the university’s William D. Mullins Center, a 10,000-seat multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue.

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. 

Ephesus Lighting has been awarded the contract 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. The more sophisticated technology will also increase the opportunities for other events at the Mullins Center. 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, and 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” said 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.” 

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