Cassell Coliseum

Cassell Coliseum Case Study

  • Client: Virginia Tech University
  • Facility: Cassell Coliseum
  • Project Date: December 2014
  • Annual Energy Savings: 236,080 kWh (83%)
  • Fixture Count: Before: 60 After: 56
  • Foot-Candles: Before: 120fc After: 180fc

Cassell Coliseum at Virginia Tech


Cassell Coliseum on the campus of Virginia Tech has a capacity of 10,052 It was completed in 1964 and originally named the VPI Coliseum. It is home to Hokie Men’s and Women’s Basketball as well as Women’s Volleyball. In addition to their new LED lighting system, new LED video scoreboards were also installed.


The facility lighting system consisted of sixty (60) 1,000W metal halide fixtures with no shutters. The system was old and light levels were not up to current NCAA standards. The University wanted a more robust lighting system with customized software for enhanced fan experiences.


Replacement of the current 1,000W metal halide system with LED North America’s SuperSport™ Arena LED to provide better uniformity and improved light levels that meet Level C of the NCAA Best Lighting Practice specifications. Add software to enhance operational use and fan experience.


Fifty-six (56) SuperSport™ Arena LED luminaires were installed and mounted from the catwalk 64 feet above the arena floor. An additional SuperSport™ was installed above the Pep Band area for illumination during games. Our proprietary software system, Venue Manager™, was also installed which allows for complete programming of each SuperSport™ to develop customized “scenes” for differing events.


Fixture count was slightly reduced from 60 to 56. Illumination was increased 50% from 120fc to 180fc. Cassell Coliseum now conforms to NCAA lighting levels as well as new HDTV broadcast requirements. In addition, through the use of Venue Manager™, the University has set up various “scenes” for specific events such as graduation and house/work illumination. In managing their light, they have realized an 83% reduction in their energy consumption.