Mallards Score with Energy Efficiency

Madison baseball team builds sustainability into their strategy.

The Madison Mallards baseball team has a major-league commitment to sustainability , which includes making a play for the efficient use of energy.

LED lighting

LED lights at Mallards' stadiumOne of the most eye-catching features of the "Duck Pond" at Warner Park is the LED lighting that wraps the stadium's seating.

"They're rope lights that light up the stadium and really make it a landmark. As you're driving by, you can't miss it," said Tyler Isham, general manager of the Mallards.

The team began using LEDs a couple of years ago as the technology improved, making the switch cost effective.

Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs is one of the most effective ways to save energy. LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last 15-to-25 times longer. When purchasing LED bulbs, look for the ENERGY STAR® label, which means the bulb is reliable, efficient and safe.

Mallards GM Tyler Isham sits in a stadium suite made from recycled shipping containers and lit by LEDs.

Mallards GM Tyler Isham sits in a stadium suite made from recycled shipping containers and lit by LEDs.

The Mallards also chose to use LEDs to illuminate the new stadium suites built out of used shipping containers. Building with recycled materials is another way the team shows its commitment to sustainability. Ninety-five percent of the Mallards' gift shop was constructed out of the stadium's old bleachers, and this season, another recycled shipping container was used to build a new ice cream stand.

"We like our brand to be reflective of the community that we're in, and Madison is a leader around the country when it comes to being sustainable. We know it's a focus of our fans, so we want it to be a focus of ours as well," said Isham.

A partner in sustainability

The Great Dane Duck Blind make from recycled shipping containersMGE is teaming up this summer with the Mallards to highlight the benefits of electric vehicles. MGE energy experts we will have our all-electric Chevy Bolt at the Mallards game on July 3.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are quick, convenient and affordable. They also require less maintenance than gasoline-powered vehicles. Our energy experts at the game will answer your questions about EVs, charging options at home and on the road, and any other energy-related questions.

MGE is proud to partner with the Madison Mallards as we work together to reach our community's energy goals.

published: May-31-2018