Football has always been a sport than welcomes innovations. It is open to new technologies and fashion brands. So it is no surprise that recently this sport has tried to apply sustainability.This would be great for the game and for the environment. Read this article to learn more bout the greenest football stadiums.
Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, the Nederlands
The Amsterdam Arena stadium was built in 1996, costing $ 159 million. Its capacity is 53,502 people. This is the home stadium of Ajax, Amsterdam, the Dutch national team. It is also famous for being climate-neutral, which is achieved by 4,200 solar panels on the roof, re-using rainwater and providing clean heating.
During the summer the air in the stadium is cooled by using water from a lake, situated nearby. The symbol of Dutch, the windmill is also used to provide renewable energy – there are wind turbines around the stadium. Amsterdam Arena is the first stadium to change the plastic seats with renewable ones.
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Estadio Mineirao was built in 1959, and it got renovated in 2012. It costs $350 million. Its capacity is 62 547 people. Why is it considered to be green?While they were reconstructing the stadium to make it suitable for World Cup 2014, the Brazilians decided to use solar power.
So it is the first stadium with a solar-powered roof. This roof not only powers the stadium but also transfers electricity to the local town, which is enough for around 1000 homes.
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Signal Iduna Park was built in 1974, and it got renovated in 2006. It costs $226 million, and its capacity is 81 359 people. It’s regarded as a green stadium because it is photovoltaic. In other words, it uses a method that turns solar energy into electricity by using semiconducting materials.
So the whole training complex and the stadium that Borussia Dortmund use is powered by green energy.
The New Lawn Stadium, Gloucestershire, England
The New Lawn Stadium was built in 2006. It costs $ 4,3 million, and its capacity is 5,032 people. It’s the home stadium of a team from the non-league of England, but it is a sustainable one. It is the first natural organic pitch, and it is powered by 100 solar panels. The grass on the pitch is cut by a solar-powered robotic mower, and even the rainwater is recycled.
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Aviva Stadium was built in 2010. It costs $464 million, and its capacity is 51,700 people. Aviva is Ireland’s national team stadium. It has also become eco-friendly by using only renewable energy to power the ground.
Princes Park, Dartford, England
Princes Park was built in 2006. It costs $10 million, and its capacity is 4,100 people. This stadium has a ‘living’ roof, which provides natural air filtration. There are also solar panels to serve the community area. During the winter period, the stadium is covered with special fabric insulation, which provides improved thermal retention.