New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium seats up to 82,500 people, and yet it’s being touted as “one of the greenest stadiums in the U.S.” How is it possible that such a huge stadium could actually be green? MetLife has partnered up with the Environmental Protection Agency to be more energy efficient and lower impact. Here are a few “green” facts about this year’s Super Bowl stadium:
- No greenfield land or natural habitats were destroyed for its construction. MetLife was constructed on car parking space that already existed.
- MetLife is located near a number of services, including public transportation (rail and bus), allowing fans to leave their cars at home.
- There are only 13,000 parking spaces available for the 82,500-seat stadium, and they cost $150 each to rent out on Super Bowl Sunday. The high price tag and low availability should encourage game-goers to utilize carpooling and other methods of transportation (the stadium also has installed a number of bike racks for cycling enthusiasts).
- The stadium is open air, which seriously cuts costs in the heating and cooling department.
- The seats in MetLife are made from 80% recycled cast iron and 20% recycled plastic.
- The toilets installed in the stadium are low-flow, and the urinals are waterless.
- A synthetic turf saves on average 6.2 million gallons of water per year.
- MetLife is about 2X the size of the old stadium, but uses about 30% less energy by utilizing Energy-Star equipment, automated lighting, and more. Plus, its solar ring had produced 350,000 kilowatt-hours of energy as of February 2013.
Check out this handy infographic from Skanska for all the MetLife facts: