If you are lucky enough to be going to the Red Sox game tonight, you may notice it will be a bit brighter in Fenway. While a Red Sox victory would certainly brighten things up, the glow I am writing about will come from the iconic CITGO sign in Kenmore Square.
For the past couple of months, the sign has been dark as the light bulbs were updated to more energy efficient, weather resistant LED lights that will make it shine brighter than before. Over 218,000 lights make up the 36,000 sq. ft. sign that stands atop Kenmore Square. The original sign used 15,000 volts to light up while the updated version uses only 24 volts. And, the savings really add up! According to CITGO, the sign will use half the electricity of the original and save over $18,000 per year in energy costs.
At tonight&;s game versus the Toronto Blue Jays, the sign will be relit during the seventh inning stretch. This is the second longest stretch the sign has gone unlit. In 1979, the sign was dark for 4 years during the energy crisis. Hopefully the familiar glow of this iconic sign will propel the Red Sox into the post-season!
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