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Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and although 1.2 million square feet larger than the Meadowlands (the original Giants/Jets Stadium) it consumes 30% less energy. During its construction, several energy-saving technologies were incorporated including a solar installation, water-efficient plumbing, LEDs (light-emitting diodes), and an automated lighting control system.
According to Allen Hershkowitz, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Sports Greening Project and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, only 13% of Americans follow science news while 61% consider themselves sports fans. It could be assumed that many fans are unaware of how energy-efficient their favorite sports complexes and stadiums can be.
There are several football stadiums striving to use less energy. A few are highlighted below.
||Georgia Dome, Atlanta Falcons: |
During a 2009 renovation, the Georgia Dome included several upgrades to decrease energy use including an automated control system for the HVAC system and incorporating fluorescent and metal halide lighting.
||Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco 49ers: |
The new stadium, scheduled to open for the 2014 season, includes a 400kW solar panel system, as well as a “green roof,” building control systems, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures.
||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Eagles: |
Since 2003, the stadium has reduced its electricity consumption by 33% through energy conservation programs. The stadium is slated to receive a solar installation and several wind turbines. Increased monitoring and management of energy use also helped decreased consumption.
||Soldier Field, Chicago Bears: |
While it’s one of the oldest NFL stadiums in the nation (opened in 1924), it is the only one to receive a LEED–EB certification. Its renovations include adding electric vehicle charging stations and using LEDs to light the field.
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