The First Professional Sports Stadium to Attain LEED Platinum Certification
Many of us are experiencing football withdrawal! The last big game, Super Bowl LIII, may have been a bit lackluster but the venue in which it was played – the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) in Atlanta – is revolutionary.
The MBS is America’s first LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified venue. While professional football and soccer games are hosted inside the stadium, the design of the massive 1.5-billion-dollar structure will combat environmental challenges on the outside. The stadium can store at least two million gallons of storm water on-site for use on landscape irrigation and the facility’s cooling system. Because of the facility’s large water catchment system, it also helps mitigate flood potential in nearby neighborhoods. Captured water stored on-site will be given to a local community group to distribute for irrigating up to 15,000 trees spread across the metro area. Not only is this stadium a new water resource for the metro, it also has 4,000 solar panels to help power the structure and is equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. The stadium uses LED lighting that can last up to 10 times longer than standard light bulbs, translating into a 60 percent reduction in energy usage. Looks like playing a game at MBS isn’t just play; it’s providing big business, entertainment, and promoting environmental sustainability within its locality.
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