The future home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of Super Bowl L in 2016 is expected to be the first NFL stadium to become LEED for New Construction certified. Construction on the stadium is a little over two-thirds complete and expected to be ready to go for kickoff by the start of the 2014 season.
The new stadium, which will actually be located in Santa Clara, will boast a number of green components in its construction including a 27,000 SF green roof featuring native plants, water conserving plumbing, building control systems and recycled building materials. The stadium will use an 1,800 gallons/minute water recycling system for irrigation and a geothermal heat pump to provide hot water
The new stadium will also have 20,000 SF of solar panels with a capacity of 400 kilowatts which will generate 486,000 kilowatts per hour and should be enough electricity to offset the energy the stadium will use for all of its home games. These will be located on three solar array-covered bridges, a solar canopy above the green roof and solar panels over the training facility.
Levi’s Stadium will become only the second LEED certified NFL stadium. Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, received LEED for Existing Building certification back in 2011. Soldier Field received its LEED certification through a massive recycling program, conversion of traditional lights to LED lighting and water and energy conversation efforts.
This got me curious about what other NFL teams had green facilities. Compiled below is a list of other NFL stadiums that have been LEED certified or have had some major green improvements made to them.
Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, boasts 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines that help power the stadium
CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, boasts a 2.5 acre solar array made up of 3,750 solar panels
MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when it was being constructed to incorporate a number of green elements including recycled building materials, water conserving bathroom fixtures, energy efficient lighting, solar power and Energy Star concession equipment.
FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, has over 8,000 solar panels which is the largest solar array in the metropolitan area.
Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots, generates 1.1 million kilowatt hours annually with its solar array at Patriot Place, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex adjacent to the stadium.
Cowboys Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, boasts LED lighting throughout the facility, translucent roof that allows natural lighting during the day and a reflective white PVC coating on its dome and double-paned, ceramic-fritted glass covering the exterior and angles at 14 degrees to keep the heat out.