There have been many highly-publciized efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, but sports stadiums typically aren’t part of that picture.
Yet as teams outgrow their old haunts, there are opportunities to create new ones that are better for the environment. The latest is Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and the second NFL stadium to earn a LEED Gold certification (after M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens play).
According to The Sacramento Bee, 85 percent of the stadium’s water is recycled, and the type of grass used – Bermuda Bandera – requires 50 percent less water than many other types common to the area.
Levi’s Stadium also features solar panels mounted atop pedestrian bridges and the roof of its tower suite. They’re expected to generate enough power to offset the energy consumption of 10 NFL games.