Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017, is the home of the National Football League's Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United. The stadium has been billed as the most sustainable sports venue in the world. Here are the reasons why.
The Stadium Achieved LEED Platinum Certification
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the first professional sports venue in the country to receive a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. To put this achievement in context, a building needs 40 points to be LEED-certified, at least 60 points for a Gold LEED rating, and a minimum of 80 points for Platinum status. Mercedes-Benz Stadium received 88 points. Also, Mercedes-Benz stadium is the nation's first professional sports venue to earn all possible credits in LEED's water efficiency category.
Stormwater Management Is a Priority
The venue's designers prioritized stormwater management because the neighboring community is prone to flooding. To lower the flood risk, a cistern and a stormwater vault on-site have the combined capacity to hold over 2,000,000 gallons of stormwater. The stormwater is later used for irrigation and cooling.
Water Conservation Goes Beyond Stormwater Management
Due to its water conservation strategies, the venue lowered water use
by 47 percent. Water-efficient fixtures such as high-efficiency toilets and waterless urinals are a significant part of the water conservation strategy. Landscaping with drought-resistant plants and installing water-efficient HVAC systems are other ways the stadium conserves water.
Stadium Visitors Recycle with a Purpose
Fans are encouraged to bring aluminum cans and bottles to the stadium for recycling. The stadium is partnering with Recycle for Good to recycle enough aluminum cans and bottles to fund a Habitat for Humanity House in Atlanta. Recycling bins are located at two gates and throughout the venue.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium Showcases the Power of Renewable Energy
The renewable energy from the stadium's 4,000 solar panels generates 1.6M kilowatt-hours of power
, which is enough for 10 Falcon games. Although many panels are on the roof, some are placed at ticket entryways and on parking lot canopies where they can be more easily seen by fans.