USL Adds Musco Lighting to Growing Preferred Supplier Portfolio
23 Oct, 2017
Musco becomes Official Stadium, Complex and Field Lighting Supplier across all league properties
The United Soccer Leagues, LLC, today announced Musco Lighting as the Official Stadium, Complex and Field Lighting Supplier. Musco will be an official supplier for all related properties, including the United Soccer League – one of the most prominent Division II professional leagues in the world – USL’s Division III, the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Super Y League. In addition, Musco will have a presence at the USL’s annual Winter Summit in December.
Musco is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and installing large area lighting systems from Little League® fields to professional sports stadiums across the NFL, MLB, NCAA, English Premier League and MLS. Most recently, Musco oversaw the installation of an LED system with Total Light Control – TLC for LED™ technology in the Orlando City Stadium, home of Orlando City Soccer Club. Sports venues have specialized needs when it comes to lighting. Musco has helped thousands of partners get the answers they need—from identifying funding resources, to system design, to installation and long-term service.
"Musco Lighting is a proven leader in their space and we are thrilled to welcome them to the USL Preferred Supplier portfolio," said USL President Jake Edwards. "As USL continues to grow and with the upcoming launch of our new Division III league, we are adding new stadiums and training complexes at an unprecedented rate. Musco will be an excellent resource for our clubs to ensure that our facilities are installed with the highest quality lighting systems."
"We are excited to partner with USL and provide our technology and expertise as the league continues to grow at an unprecedented rate," says Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Sales for Musco Lighting. "Our products and services will help the league provide an unmatched entertainment experience for its continuously growing fan base, while providing precise on-field lighting and maximizing energy efficiency."
Over the next five years, the USL will oversee the expansion of an estimated 30–40 new franchises at the second and third divisions of professional soccer, creating numerous opportunities for potential suppliers and vendors to support this growth.
Through its Preferred Supplier Program, the USL will connect suppliers with both new franchise owners and existing USL clubs looking to deliver the best possible experience for fans. Preferred suppliers must meet the USL’s strict quality standards. These are “Best in Class” companies that provide services and products to professional franchises and stadium developers. The USL is currently in discussions with suppliers that support stadium development, as well as the buildout of team front offices and operations.
For more information on the USL Preferred Supplier Program, contact Josh Keller at Josh.Keller@uslsoccer.com.
About Musco Lighting: Since 1976, Musco has focused on the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting systems, from hometown Little League® fields to professional sports stadiums and ports around the globe. Our LED sports lighting—as well as our HID solutions—for new and retrofit projects incorporates lighting, structural, and electrical components, which provides streamlined installation, trouble-free operation and long-term reliability. Offering permanent and temporary lighting systems for new and retrofit projects, we bring first-hand knowledge and experience with the many issues that impact players, spectators, neighbors, television broadcasts and staff.
About USL: The USL is one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. In total, the USL reaches a population of 75 million people, fueling the growth of professional soccer across North America.
In 2016, more than $100 million were invested league-wide into stadium infrastructure to create venues that deliver an unforgettable fan and competitor experience. The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and recently invested $10 million to create USL Productions – which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute nearly 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, USL’s Match Center and international markets.
A growing league, the USL has more than doubled in size since 2014, with Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies debuting in 2017. Three new clubs are set to debut in 2018, with Nashville, Tenn., Fresno, Calif., and Las Vegas officially announced as new markets. The league will then add a new club in Birmingham, Ala. in 2019, and make its return to Austin, Texas, the same year. The USL regularly features international exhibitions against leading Premier League, Liga MX, and Bundesliga clubs, among others.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship. Follow the USL at USLSoccer.com, the USL Match Center, and on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.