Sports Stadiums Doing their Bit for the Environment

Posted: Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Which sports stadiums have the most sustainability initiatives in place?

A study by comparison site has revealed which sports stadiums around the world are doing the most for the environment.

Each stadium in the study was awarded points on a sliding scale, those with a full suite of sustainability initiatives documented on their website scored a maximum 10 points, whereas the stadiums with just a few token eco-gestures scored lower.

Sports Stadiums* Ranked by Eco-Incentives

  1. Etihad Stadium - Manchester City - 10 points

  2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta United FC - 8 points

  3. Fenway Park - Boston Red Sox - 8 points

  4. Gillette Stadium - New England Patriots - 7 points

  5. Allianz Stadium - Juventus - 7 points

  6. Camp Nou - FC Barcelona - 6 points

  7. Luminus Arena - KRC Genk - 6 points

  8. Allianz Arena - FC Bayern Munich - 6 points

  9. Le Parc Princes - Paris Saint-Germain - 1 points

  10. Scotiabank Arena - Toronto Raptors - 0 points

  11. Türk Telekom Stadium - Galatasaray SK - 0 points

  12. Stadion Wals-Siezenheim - FC Red Bull Salzburg - 0 points

  13. Gazprom Arena - Zenit St Petersburg - 0 points

  14. Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Benfica - 0 points

  15. Enterprise Center - St Louis Blue - 0 points

  16. Metalist Stadium - FC Shakhtar Donetsk - 0 points

*All stadiums featured are winners in their respective domestic leagues and span a range of popular sports including football, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS.

Out of a possible 10 points, it was the Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City who went straight to the top of the table, scoring a goal for their commitment to making the world a more environmentally friendly place.

In last place, with 0 points, came Ukraine’s Metalist Stadium, home to FC Shakhtar Donetsk, which unfortunately lands at the bottom of the league for environmental incentives.

Ayshea Elliott - Head of Digital at FOOTY.COM commented on the results of the study:

“Every sports fan around the world will have a different view on what elements truly make their stadium experience great. From great accessibility all the way through to the price of a pint, we wanted to highlight the stadiums that are doing their utmost to please their fans on match-day.

“It’s great to see the stadiums doing their part to make the future a greener place too. Traditionally, sustainability isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of stadiums and football, but our research shows this is increasingly becoming a major priority, with several of the stadiums receiving strong scores.

“The Etihad, which topped our list, did so for its commitment to eco-incentives - for example, the use of an 8 million litre rainwater harvesting reservoir which keeps the pitch keep without wasting water, as well as plans in place to power the stadium entirely with renewable energy and the vast clean up of a largely toxic, derelict site around the campus.”

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