The Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium continues to break new ground.
First it was the low concession prices, now the future home of the Falcons is going green. According to Sport Techie, the Falcons are working to be the first NFL and MLS stadium to be LEED Platinum certified.
“From inception, Arthur Blank challenged us to make Mercedes-Benz Stadium one of the most sustainable buildings in sports,” Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins said in a statement, referring to the Falcons’ owner. “We’re proud to say that we are achieving our goal by implementing innovative solutions that will allow us to be the first professional sports stadium to achieve LEED Platinum status.”
The stadium will be the first of its kind to achieve all water credits available via LEED, but it does not stop there. A retractable roof and LED lighting throughout the stadium are among other environmentally valuable additions will also be on display.
“We’re lucky in that lighting is changing,” Jenkins told SportsBusiness Journal last year. “At some point, people won’t even talk about LEDs because everything will be LED.”
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy praised and recognized the Falcons effort their sustainability efforts. The stadium is near the Proctor Creek watershed and will have 4,000 solar panels to generate renewable energy.