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Iconic Boston Citgo Sign Gets A Makeover

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The iconic red, white and blue Citgo sign visible over the left field wall of Fenway Park every time another Red Sox home run clears the Green Monster is going dark for a couple months for an extreme makeover.

The Venezuelan oil company says 218,000 LED lights on the 3,600-square-foot sign will be replaced with more environmentally friendly and weather-resistant lights.

The more than 9,000 feet of lights on the 45-year-old sign were replaced five years ago, but those lights that saved $18,000 per year in energy costs are now out of production.

The sign went dark for four years starting in 1979 at the height of the energy crisis, and in 1982 Citgo announced plans to dismantle it. But the sign stayed after an uproar from Red Sox fans.

This program aired on July 22, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrew Phelps Reporter
Andrew Phelps was formerly a producer and reporter for WBUR.


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