Kauffman Stadium to undergo lighting system overhaul

Kauffman Stadium, the home of Major League Baseball team the Kansas City Royals, is to be fitted with a new lighting system that will enhance the game-day experience for supporters.

The new system will be fitted ahead of the 2018 season. A total of 412 LED lights will be installed, replacing 600 halide lights that are currently in place.

The system is set to reduce energy emissions and will also prove to be more time-efficient, with the current system taking about 15 minutes to turn on.

“Occasionally when we have cloudy days, the umpires will say you need to fire the lights up,” Toby Cook, spokesman for the Royals, told 41 Action News. “Well that takes 10 to 15 minutes.”

Cook added: “We don’t know what we’re going to do yet, but if somebody hits a home run and we want to flash a light or tow, or if the Royals win and we want to flash the lights, we can do that as well.”

It is hoped the lights will be installed by the end of the year. Kauffman Stadium has been the Royals’ home since 1973.