Safeco Field is Baseball's Most Energy Efficient
Posted on 04-03-2017
Baseball season is in full swing, and many fans are heading to stadiums to cheer on their favorite team. For the Seattle Mariner fans, there's more than just the ballgame to cheer about. Safeco Field has been recognized as the leading green stadium, and we're not talking grass. Safeco Field has been leading the way to protect the environment in baseball since 2006.
Safeco Field made history in 2014 when they became the first MLB stadium to switch to LED lighting. The former metal halide lights used 1000 - 2000 Watts each. The 578 GigaTera lights use 800 Watts each. This LED lighting is 20% to 30% brighter and uses 60% fewer watts and expected to last 30 years as opposed to 2-3 years of the old fixtures. This switch has saved Safeco Field $50,000 in energy costs.
When it comes to recycling and composting, Safeco Field has had a signficant increase in this over the years including bottles, plasticware, cups, straws, etc. They went from recycling and composting waste by 12% in 2005 and increased it to a whopping 87% in 2015 of waste generated in and around the stadium. Recycling and compost bins replaced regular garbage cans throught the stadium. By doing this, Marniners helped keep nearly 2.7 million pounds of waste from hitting the landfill in 2015.
In 2012, Safeco Field went solar by installing 168 Panasonic Sanyo Hit Double solar panels. These bifacial panels capture sunlight and reflected light that can generat 30% higher power per square foot. The solar panels are attached to the skybridge roof between the parking garage and Safeco Field.
It's great to see all the MLB stadiums get involved in taking major steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. Now, that's getting into the swing of things! "Play Ball!!!"
Did You Know?
The voltage of lightning is intense enough to quickly heat the air to nearly 50,000°F (30,000°C), five times the temperature of the surface of the sun. The rapid expansion of the heated air generates a shock wave that is heard as thunder.