Football season kicks off in the US this month, and the Big Apple has a brand new green home for its two teams.
2010 is the first season for the New Meadowlands Stadium, the new 82,000-seat home of the Giants and the Jets, in East Rutherford, NJ, just a few miles west of New York City. The $1.6 billion venue was constructed right next to its now-demolished predecessor, Giants Stadium. It has twice the square footage, holds more people, and boasts many more amenities than the old stadium.
Its builders say it’s “one of the greenest stadiums in America.” Last year, the EPA signed an agreement with its owners to “incorporate eco-friendly materials and standards into [its] construction and operation.”
But did it apply for LEED certification? No.
According to Sports Business Journal, the stadium would have been “one or two points shy” of the total needed to be LEED certified because of the glass used to enclose its 200 luxury suites. The mullions that seal the insulated glass that they could have installed would have obstructed fans’ view of the field, so the stadium’s management chose less-insulated (and less energy-efficient) glass, and elected not to pursue LEED certification because they knew they would have come up short.
Still, there are plenty of features that would have given the New Meadowlands Stadium plenty of LEED points, including:
-The stadium is on a brownfield site in the New Jersey Meadowlands
-It was built with 60,000 tons of recycled steel, including some from old Giants Stadium
-The seats are made of recycled plastic and scrap iron
-A new rail service takes fans to and from the stadium, cutting down on auto traffic
-The men’s rooms have waterless urinals
The stadium has gotten plenty of positive publicity in the green community, and rightfully so. Its builders went above and beyond to make it as green as possible, despite its lack of LEED certification. But still, it’s a shame that windows are the obstacle preventing the new crown jewel of America’s favorite sport from really leading the way.
Besides, aren’t you supposed to watch the game outside anyway?