By Dana Grey, Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The first weekend of every February brings with it what has become a national spectacle of sorts, the Super Bowl. Even though only two fanbases have a dog in the fight, millions still gather around their televisions, host parties or go out to bars to watch the big game.
So much preparation, money and time goes into an event such as this, but the city of Syracuse is connected in a huge way to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Ephesus LED Lighting Solutions” began it’s path to the national stage in Baldwinsville, N.Y. and now resides its offices in downtown Syracuse.
This year, “Ephesus” has installed its high-intensity and energy efficient LED lights in U.S. Bank Stadium. Sunday will make the second time that the local company will find its self on the big stage, Super 49 in Arizona was also brought to you by the people at “Ephesus.”
Professional sports teams across the country and from all four major sports use the Syracuse-built product to this day. “Ephesus” will find themselves lighting up the next two Super Bowls as well at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
With “Ephesus” now getting some national attention, the local partners that helped the company get off their feet years ago are feeling rewarded.
The Syracuse Crunch installed their neighbors LED lights into the War Memorial high above their rink in the Spring of 2013. The AHL team’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Sarosy, says that it has been a mutually beneficial relationship.
“It’s been a great opportunity for not only us but for them to showcase their lighting system. Since then being a partner of ours, Ephesus they’ve just exploded. You know here’s this local company that we were the first to get their solution.”
For Sarosy and his staff, the implementation of the lights from Ephesus has made the game-day operation at the War Memorial move smoother and allow the team to expand its entertainment value.
“You push a button and boom they’re all on. It allows us to do other things, it allows us to have light shows and use different colors and add to the entertainment side of our games which is great.”
The Crunch and Ephesus are teaming up again in the coming year for a second installation as the LED company tests out a ‘2.0’ version of its already wildly successful product.
So when the Eagles and the Patriots meet in two days time on U.S. Bank Stadium, know that a Syracuse company is shinning bright above.