The NFL is back in 2018! The season will begin Thursday night, September 4 when the Superbowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. And even though all eyes will be focused on the two teams on the field, there is something much more exciting going on behind the scenes.
Many NFL stadiums are scoring touchdowns when it comes to energy savings and efficiency. There’s no debate that pro football stadiums are the largest sports venues in the country. As a matter of fact, many of these iconic stadium measure more than one million square feet.
This number alone demonstrates that they require a huge amount of energy to operate — but that also demonstrates that there are plenty of ways and chances to save.
Here are 3 stadiums that have clinched playoff berths when it comes to energy efficiency.
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia
Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Superbowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, can boast that it has reduced its energy bills by 33% (over five years in electricity costs) and is considered one of the greenest stadiums in the entire world. They have done so by implementing the following:
- Installation of 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines. These on-site renewable energy sources supply more than four times the power used during an entire season of eight home games.
- Improved building management conservation programs.
- Occupancy-based lighting controls to ensure that lights only operate when needed.
CenturyLink Field – Seattle
Despite increasing attendance numbers over the past decade, CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks, has reduced energy costs by 21% by implementing the following:
- High-efficiency lighting which includes point-of-use lighting controls in restrooms, storage spaces and concession stands which only operate when needed.
- 3500 solar panels which generate enough energy to power 95 Seattle-area homes for a full year.
- The stadium employs a cool roof that reduces heat absorption.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta
Reports indicate that Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the newest stadium in the league, saves as much as 29% in energy usage compared to other typical stadium designs. This percentage is equal to approximately $900,000 in annual savings. They have done so by implementing the following:
- The retractable roof and ground-to-roof glass on the inner concourses maximizes natural light.
- LED lighting.
- High-efficiency heating and cooling systems.
- 4000 solar panels which generate enough energy to power as many as nine home games.
- The stadium was built to catch more than one million gallons of rainwater which is used in the stadium’s cooling system and irrigation. This water-catching system is also environmentally and neighborhood-friendly which addresses the issue of flooding concerns in Atlanta’s Westside community.
These three stadiums prove that even the NFL is doing its part to save energy. The question is, are you scoring a touchdown in your own home?