The 2017 National Football League season started on September 7. Millions tuned into to watch their favorite teams tackle the competition. Hundreds of thousands also flocked to those stadiums to watch their team take to the field in-person. With such a large following, the NFL creates a rather large carbon footprint. But, some stadiums have begun eco-friendly initiatives to counteract those emissions.
Lincoln Financial Field (The Philadelphia Eagles)
The Philadelphia Eagles have been leading the way in eco-friendly practices since the creation of “the Linc” in 2003. The stadium has several practices in order to off set their carbon footprint, such as the use of green cleaning products and the more unique reprocessing kitchen oil. The stadium sends all kitchen oil to be converted to biodiesel which powers stadium equipment.
Met Life Stadium (New York Jets & New York Giants)
In 2010, the New York Jets and the New York Giants teamed together to create one green stadium. The stadium structure was completed with recycled steel and seating was created from partially recycled plastic. When the stadium opened, all paper products were replaced with compostable items.
Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
Along with the New York teams, the Ford company went above and beyond when constructing Ford Field. The turf is made with over 25,000 recycled tires woven in, the construction was made with recycled steels, they inputted high efficiency toilets, and the club boxes are made with recycled glass and bamboo. Also, to save energy on lighting, they contractors strategically placed windows to have more natural light.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons)
The Atlanta Falcons began the 2017 season in a new stadium, dubbed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This stadium was designed with the environment in mind. The stadiums is lined with 4,000 solar panels that can generate enough energy to power the Falcons 9 home games. A 680,000-gallon cistern and state-of-the-art water efficiency fixtures were also added. The Huffpost reports, “the massive Mercedes-Benz Stadium will use 47% less water than standards and 29% less energy than a typical stadium.” This time the designers also kept the outside in mind with adding several apple and blueberry trees on site, as well as charging stations for 48 electric cars.