The NFL’s San Franciso 49ers, when they start in September at Levi’s Stadium, will have “The Most Connected Stadium.”
This infograph from Mushroom Networks shows what capabilities this new stadium has:
As noted, Levi’s Stadium, when it opens, will be the first to receive the Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) gold rating from the US Green Building Council.
LEED is a program which helps give recognition to the greenest buildings. Projects pass certain criteria and receive points for a wide variety of “green” elements. The total points determine the level of certification. In 2012, the Chicago Bears stadium was the first NFL stadium to receive LEED certification.
Recycled rainwater will be used to irrigate the playing field at Levi’s Stadium. Bermuda Bandera turf, using 50% less water, will help reduce water consumption overall. Being more efficient with water usage is always a critical concern with sports stadiums and golf courses, but this is especially important in California, where water is at a premium due to a severe drought.
Levi’s Stadium is also harnessing the sun’s power to provide energy during all of its home games. SunPower provided the 20,000 square feet of panels, while NRG Energy installed the rooftop solar power plant.
In recent years, many NFL teams have seen the potential in going green. The New York Giants/NewYork Jets MetLife Stadium has many green features, the Denver Broncos partnered with Ascent Solar, and the Minnesota Vikings/Juhl Wind Metrodome deal in 2012 is another good example of how the NFL is embracing renewable energy.
San Francisco plays its first ever regular season game in the new stadium September 14th against the Chicago Bears.
The first ever sporting event at Levi’s Stadium, however, is a Major League Soccer (MLS) game between the San José Earthquakes and the Seattle Sounders on August 2nd.