The ongoing enhancements to the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field home will include a new wireless energy management system as a control backbone to save energy and connect virtually any new or legacy lighting fixture to a secure cloud-based operating platform.
Wrigley Field’s technical and engineering team reviewed a number of systems and selected the Audacy, a new wireless energy management system from Ideal Industries, based in nearby Sycamore, Ill. The first phase of the installation will go into the Cubs’ new 30,000 square-foot clubhouse and fitness facility being constructed behind the third-base grandstand. The clubhouse is scheduled to open by April 11 for the team’s 2016 home opener.
Carl Rice, vice president of the Wrigley Field restoration and expansion (called the 1060 Project), praised Audacy as a “significant leap forward in wireless energy management control technology. We’re impressed by both the system and Ideal Industries’ engineering and customer service team, which has met every deadline and challenge thrown their way. Their product support consistently exceeded every other system we reviewed.”
Over the next several years, the 1060 Project team will install Audacy sensors, control units, gateways and reporting components into team facilities, retail spaces, entertainment clubs and suites throughout the ballpark.
“We’ll be able to easily set lighting parameters for optimal impact and energy conservation in almost every venue across Wrigley Field,” said Rice. “What’s more, we can easily make adjustments based on event type, game delays and energy usage patterns from a tablet or mobile phone.” The Cubs also will have the ability to automatically monitor and report on energy usage to city, state and federal agencies, according to Rice.
Ideal Industries sees the Wrigley Field installation as further evidence of the growing demand for sophisticated lighting control and energy management systems. “This is another big victory for our Audacy team,” said Jim James, Ideal chairman and CEO. “The Ricketts family is building a world-class entertainment campus and venue around the 101-year-old ballpark. The Audacy system will be integrated throughout the ballpark and will be evaluated for potential inclusion in the office building and entertainment plaza adjacent to Wrigley Field, which is controlled by a Ricketts family entity. Audacy provides the modern solutions and experience today’s facilities managers, players and fans desire, while seamlessly allowing the designers to preserve the traditional aspects of the ballpark for the next generation.”