NewsCon Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2009
SULTANS OF WATT BOOST POWER FOR NEW STADIUMS
NEW YORK – Con Edison fielded two of its own world-class teams to deliver a champion’s electrical support system for both the Mets’ and Yankees’ new stadiums, which together will pack enough juice to power 20,000 homes.
While the new CitiField and new Yankee Stadium will be attracting both teams’ fans, undoubtedly offering their varied opinions about each ballpark’s merits, new enhanced energy grids below the street will keep each of these sparkling diamonds and surrounding neighborhoods powered all season long.
“When Derek Jeter strokes one into the gap in right center or Jose Reyes takes an extra base, the fans will be watching highlights on screens and enjoying ballpark amenities unthinkable a generation ago,” said John Miksad, Con Edison’s senior vice president of Electric Operations. “Our teams worked in conjunction with the Mets, the Yankees, their contractors, and the city to ensure the electric infrastructure surrounding the two new ballparks would support the entertainment experience of each venue, as well as the economic growth of the surrounding areas.”
The new Yankee Stadium is expected to use about nine megawatts (MW) during peak periods, enough electricity to power about 9,000 homes, while the new CitiField will use approximately 11 MW, or enough for 11,000 homes.
The new Yankee Stadium will be serviced by five 2,500 kilovolt ampere (kVA) transformers at 13 kilovolts (kV). The original stadium had two separate services of three 2,500 kVA transformers. With the area’s added new development, including the new Bronx Terminal Market and the new Metro-North station, the installation also required over 14,000 feet of conduit, enough to circle the bases 38 times, along with 27 sections of primary cable.
CitiField, the Mets’ new home, will have four 27 kV feeders tied into four customer-owned 5,000 kVA transformers to meet the field’s projected 11 MW load requirements. That contrasts with Shea Stadium’s six 27 kV feeders that were tied into nine Con Edison-owned 1,000 kVA transformers. The new ballpark also required the installation of 1,772 trench feet of conduit and 3,978 feet of cable.
“These aren’t the statistics that everyone will be tracking inside the ballpark,” said Miksad, “but they are the stats we follow, and the ones that matter for lighting the scoreboards and keeping the escalators running.”
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $33 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at www.conEd.com.
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