Football may be a game of clashing titans, but professional teams are making it clear that they want to live in harmony with the planet. They’re setting a high-profile example with the most energy-efficient stadiums in the NFL.
Lincoln Financial Field
The Eagles run their stadium on renewable energy alone: solar panels, wind turbines, and a generator fueled by natural gas and biodiesel. During games, spectators use cups, straws, and plates made from biodegradable corn-based materials. All the toilet paper, hand towels, and tissues on site are completely recycled. And you can take a stroll after the game to see Eagles Forest in a nearby state park, which boasts thousands of newly planted trees and shrubs.
We’ve already seen the benefits of LED lights on streets and in parking lots, but the Falcons proved their energy efficiency on a larger scale. Now, with LEDs and solar power, their stadium is using about 30 percent less power than the average arena. The stadium has also managed to turn Atlanta’s excessive rainfall into a plus, developing a system to prevent neighborhood flooding by collecting more than two million gallons of rainwater a year. It uses the water for its cooling system and to irrigate the field.
Like other stadiums, Lumen has made great strides with basic strategies. Energy savings from LED lighting add up, and its low-flow water fixtures save more than one million gallons of water each year. The Seahawks also prioritize green transportation by ensuring their fans have immediate access to buses, trains, and the subway. In the parking lot, charging stations make it easy for electric cars to find spots.
There are quite a few honorable mentions for the most energy-efficient stadiums in the NFL:
LA Rams and Chargers
SoFi Stadium has replaced single-use plastic cups with aluminum versions that are infinitely recyclable.
San Francisco 49ers
Levi’s Stadium showcases 16 native plant species on a “living roof” that serves as insulation and limits water runoff.
Ford Field’s playing surface is comprised of about 25,000 recycled tires.
Washington Football Team
FedEx Field calls attention to its commitment to the environment with a 30-foot-tall solar panel shaped like a quarterback.