Going Green Can Be A Win For Sports Venues

More owners of sports venues are seeing the benefits of joining the green team, according to an article on the Construction Dive website.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, there are at least 30 LEED-certified sports venues in use or underway in the U.S., and that number is growing. For instance, in September, the Sacramento Kings' announced that its new $557 million Golden 1 Center was the first indoor sports arena in the world to be LEED Platinum-certified. It's also the first sports venue powered entirely by solar energy.

The arena's design repurposed construction materials from the structures that were demolished, resulting in more than one-third of the new building’s material recycled from the old ones.

Recycled athletic shoes were even used for the court surfaces.

The Atlanta Falcons' new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz stadium is also on track for LEED Platinum certification. The facility could be the first sports venue to earn all of LEED’s water-related credits.

To learn more about each of these facilities, as well as what drove facility owners to go green, click here.