Major sporting events in general consume massive amounts of energy. From lighting a stadium to waste generation, a professional football game is an expensive undertaking. In the last few years, sports venues have started to incorporate energy-efficient strategies and green design elements, such as more efficient lighting systems, composting and on-site power generation. These stadiums are already seeing great returns on their investments and saving lots of money on energy. What kind of savings could we generate if we combined all the energy-efficient and eco-friendly measures available into one ultimate green stadium?
Building the Greenest Stadium Around
In the past few seasons many NFL stadiums have begun to install green energy technologies to offset the massive amounts of energy they consume during the season. From solar panel arrays and installing LED lighting to composting trash and using recycled plates and cups, several stadiums have been boosting their green rep by taking steps to reduce their facilities’ impacts.
Average new construction LEED-certified buildings average 13.6% lower operating costs, 10.9% higher building value and 9.9% higher return on investment (ROI).
Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, was the first LEED-certified NFL stadium.
Recycled Construction Materials
One ton of recycled steel saves 642kWh of energy, enough to power your laptop for more than 2 full years while you track your fantasy football players.
The Detroit Lions reused 300,000 lbs. of recycled rubber tires, 30 million lbs. of recycled steel and incorporated 750k sq. ft. of an adjacent, unused warehouse into the construction of their new stadium.
One LED light can burn for 50,000 hours and uses one-tenth the energy of an incandescent bulb.
LED lighting illuminates the MetLife Stadium, shared home of the NY Giants and Jets.
The average NFL stadium uses 11,496,00 kWh/year. Generating 10% from renewables, such as solar and wind, would prevent 2,391,168 lbs. of CO2 emissions annually.
Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, is capable of generating 100% of its electricity on-site from solar panels, wind turbines and a natural gas/biodiesel generator.
The average NFL dome has an area of 460,428 sq. ft. If you covered the dome with grass, it would produce enough oxygen for 8,371 people to breathe.
The 49ers’ new stadium, to be completed in 2014, will feature an energy-saving roof of native plants that soaks up rain water.
Indoor Water Use
Low-flow fixtures help conserve H20. If the average regular-season spectator flushes once per game, low-flow fixtures could save enough water to fill 65 Olympic-sized swimming pools each season.
If regular-season spectators all composted their organic refuse on game day, more than 28.250 tons of waste could be diverted from landfills. That’s enough compost to cover more than 350 acres with mulch or enough for each spectator to fertilize a 5′ x 10′ garden plot.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours. If every person in attendance at each regular-season game recycled one aluminum can, they could power 5,870 televisions for one full year.
CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, recycles bottles and cans and composts corn-based beverage cups and organic wastes.
Convenience to Public Transit
Households opting for public transportation save $8,000/year on average – enough to buy 10 Super Bowl tickets at face value.
The Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, features bike racks and close proximity to MARTA public transportation.
EV Charging Stations
Electric vehicles (EVs) save owners an average of $1,575 per year in fuel costs – enough to buy 315 stadium hot dogs or 225 stadium beers. YUM!
FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, features 10 EV charging station.
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