Mile High Stadium

Newly upgraded, Sports Authority Field at Mile High now features a line of Plexineon Red Series fixtures outlining its uppermost edge.

Newly upgraded, Sports Authority Field at Mile High now features a line of Plexineon Red Series fixtures outlining its uppermost edge.

Plexineon Red provides a beacon against the Denver sky.

Plexineon Red provides a beacon against the Denver sky.

Making the Denver Broncos’ Stadium Brand New

Plexineon Upgrades Sports Authority Field at Mile High

A new look and a new name — that’s what the home of the Denver Broncos got when sporting goods company Sports Authority took over naming rights for the NFL team’s stadium in 2011.

Now Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the 10-year-old, 76,000-seat arena underwent a facelift as part of the rebranding, the centerpiece of which is a prominent horizontal line of iLight Plexineon Red Series fixtures outlining the curve of the stadium’s uppermost edge.

 

The Design Challenge

Illume, a division of M-E Engineers, was brought in to upgrade the facility’s presence with architectural lighting.

Having used Plexineon before — including at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins — the design team initially proposed using Plexineon Red to outline vertical “tusks” that crown the top of Sports Authority Field. However, on-site mock-ups revealed it would be more dramatic to highlight the catwalk running above the tusks, instead.

You can see the Plexineon across town. It really has a stunning impact.” – David Riffel, Lighting Designer, Illume/M-E Engineers

To be effective, a thin line of continuous light was needed. Fortunately, Illume/M-E Engineers knew Plexineon could be ordered in long lengths, plus the firm had confidence in the product.

David Riffel, Lighting Designer at Illume/M-E Engineers, says, “We had a comfort level; we knew the Plexineon would perform the way it’s intended.”

Mounting the fixtures began just as the NFL season got underway. Despite retrofitting and working around the Broncos’ game schedule, installation went smoothly.

“Plexineon is a very high quality light,” Riffel says. “We can’t see any gaps.”

 

The Plexineon Advantage

The Broncos’ 2011-12 season was a memorable one, and Plexineon topped it off with a beacon against the Denver sky.

“You can see the Plexineon across town,” Riffel says. “It really has a stunning impact.”

As for Colorado-headquartered Sports Authority, he adds, “They are pleased with the results.”

When Sports Authority acquired naming rights for the home of the Denver Broncos, the stadium got a new look and a new name.

When Sports Authority acquired naming rights for the home of the Denver Broncos, the stadium got a new look and a new name.

 

Project Details

PROJECT
Professional sports stadium

SITE
Denver, Colorado

LOCATION
Exterior application

PRODUCT USE
Direct view

LIGHTING DESIGN & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Illume/M-E Engineers
www.me-engineers.com

DESIGN & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Monigle Associates
www.monigle.com

PRODUCT
Plexineon Red Series

LENGTH
1,914 LF (583 m)

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