Janus Hits One Out of the Park at New Yankee Stadium

Custom elevator fixtures contribute to high-end feel of new ballpark
Hauppauge, N.Y. (July 27, 2009)  –  When the New York Yankees’ new Stadium was built, visitor convenience was increased by upgrading from only three elevators at the old park to sixteen in the new Yankee Stadium.  To maximize elevator usability, Janus Elevator Products was selected to supply custom E-Motive LED displays.  The highly visible hall position indicators and lanterns communicate landing information, elevator arrival and custom scrolling messages.

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The Stadium design called for 7-foot displays to be mounted above eight elevators in the Great Hall and on the 300 level landing.  The unusually large panels needed to be capable of showing floor landing information in words rather than numbers, bright enough to be seen from a distance, and meet a number of other aesthetic requirements to blend with the Stadium’s architecture. 

Janus worked closely with the project’s elevator contractor, KONE (www.kone.com), to develop a fixture unlike any conventional landing display.  Each unit included a 5-foot long custom E-Motive dot matrix LED screen flanked by large LED arrival lanterns.  In order to increase brightness and visibility, custom 8mm white LEDs were sourced and the screens fit with anti-glare plastic.  The enclosure was custom engineered with concealed fasteners and a hinging mechanism to facilitate installation and service. 

“Janus Elevator and KONE worked together for more than a year to engineer the custom 7-foot long hall position indicators for Yankee Stadium,” says KONE Project Manager Heather Millard. “I want to extend a sincere thank you to the Janus team for thinking outside of the traditional fixture box, their patience throughout the long design period and everyone’s extra effort to complete the project on time and within budget.”

The dot matrix display provides landing information for the Field, Main, H&R Block Suite and Terrace/Grandstand levels.  Additionally, the screens are programmed with scrolling elevator status and emergency messages, providing a unique way to communicate with park visitors as they wait for an elevator to arrive.

Yankee Stadium opened for its first season on April 16, 2009.  The Stadium has incorporated a number of features to make it the most fan-friendly park in Major League Baseball.  Handicap accessibility has been significantly increased with the additional elevators, wider concourses and added wheelchair and companion seating.

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