Super Bowl Stadium Is Surprisingly Enviro (VIDEO)

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California features a 27,000 square foot green, three solar-paneled pedestrian bridges, a solar-paneled roof deck, and uses reclaimed water for both drinking and irrigating the playing field. Levi's Stadium is also the first pro football field to earn LEED Gold Certification or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

LED panels, wind turbines and solar-powered lights let team execs show fans that they care about the environment, while also saving money on electric bills. In 2015 the solar institutions at 10 professional football venues had a combined capacity go 8.5 MW. On game day, that's enough power to keep 56 million carbonated frosty in 33,000 refrigerators, melt the cheese on 255,000 plates of microwavable nachos and run the TVs at 105,000 watch parties. 

Levi's stadium will also generate enough power in one year to meet the electricity demand for every San Francisco 49ers’ home game.
WATCH: Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, NGR Energy, install the first of 1,150 solar panels on the Levi's Stadium two years ago.

Levi's Stadium Solar Installation - Time-Lapse by hugeneedy

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.