We’ve gone behind-the-scenes to view some of the most iconic sports venues. Past Summit attendees have taken advantage of the rare opportunity to view the inner workings of renowned stadiums and arenas including the Moda Center, Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, MetLife Stadium, Citi Field, Red Bull Arena, the US Open, AT&T Park, Stanford Stadium, Santa Clara University, SAP Center, Earthquake’s Stadium and Levi’s Stadium. 2015 Summit attendees had the opportunity to tour Soldier Field, Allstate Arena and U.S. Cellular Field to name a few.
2016 Summit Tours focused on sustainable best practices and efficiency measures of stadiums and venues in Houston, Texas and the region.
BBVA Compass Stadium continues to build upon their environmental successes, which began with the design & construction of the 22,000-seat facility, and continues with on-going opportunities for fans and the community to engage in the organization’s Building a Better Planet program. The program, championed with the support of BBVA Compass, encourages active participating through recycling events, education and community outreach elements all of which raise environmental awareness and aim to inspire change throughout the community. Located in downtown Houston, the project utilizes existing infrastructure, is on the METRO Light Rail and bus service route, and near dense residential districts. The tour will showcase LEED solutions throughout the Stadium such as water and energy efficiency measures, in-stadium recycling and diversion systems and environmentally friendly materials and resources.
TDECU Stadium is home to the University of Houston football team. Designed by Page and DLR Group, the stadium seats 40,000 and was opened in August 2014. The stadium incorporates sustainable features such as energy efficiency measures, low VOC materials and water-saving fixtures. Visitors to the stadium enjoy natural light and cooler temperatures thanks to the stadium exterior “Cougar Cage”. Houston Cougar fans can take public transit or bike to the stadium via the Metrorail purple line, Brays Bayou trail or Columbia Tap Rail Trail. Catch an unobstructed view of downtown Houston while you tour the home of the 2016 Peach Bowl Champions
Toyota Center is a 775,000 square foot 18,000 seat multi-purpose arena and home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Along with professional basketball, Toyota Center also delivers an excellent fan experience promoting family shows, concerts, and miscellaneous events. Having such a direct interaction with the public, Toyota Center and the Houston Rockets believe that being at the forefront of green efforts deliver a positive impact on attendees, the community and corporate partners. Through the vision of Leslie Alexander, Toyota Center was able to attain LEED EBO&M Silver certification making it one of only 4 existing NBA arenas in the country to attain any level of certification as well as the first professional sports facility in Texas to gain certification for existing buildings. Utilizing efficient operations and sustainable practices, Toyota Center has reduced overall electricity consumption by 22%, gas consumption by 35%, and water consumption by 16%. Along with increased recycling efforts yielding up to 200 tons of recycled waste products on average annually, community outreach programs with players, and cultural changes within the organization Toyota Center and the Houston Rockets continue to be community leaders in green initiatives.
Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center
In 2015, College Magazine ranked Rice University as the second best college in the United States for health and wellness. A key component of Rice’s wellness initiatives is its Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. Rice personnel will discuss features within the 117,000 square foot building that contributed to its LEED-Silver rating when it opened in 2009, and discuss more broadly the university’s approach to health, wellness, and sustainability.
Houston’s NRG Stadium, home to both the Houston Texans and the world-famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is the centerpiece of the tradeshow, consumer show, convention and sports and entertainment complex known as NRG Park. NRG is working with NRG Park to put Houston and NRG Park at the forefront of the sustainable energy revolution. To start the journey, NRG installed solar panels to deliver clean, sustainable power to the Park and help educate fans about technologies that can lead us to a sustainable energy future. The tour of NRG Stadium will feature a detailed look at the design-build of four solar canopies — with 600 solar panels — plus details about the Park’s eVgo electric vehicle charging stations and energy-saving LED field lighting, as well as other behind-the-scenes highlights of the 350-acre complex.
Minute Maid Park is the home of the Houston Astros, Houston’s Major League Baseball team since 1962. Minute Maid Park opened its doors in 2000 and comfortably holds over 41,000 fans.
In recent years, the team has increased its sustainability efforts for both the ballpark and front office. The team saw a 5% increase in the overall diversion rate for the facility in 2015, marking the most improved diversion rate in the American League for MLB that year. The 2016 season is the Astros’ first under new LED sports lighting, which projects a 52% energy savings on the year.
The tour of Minute Maid Park includes a look at the successes the organization has had with fan recycling efforts as well as the hurdles the team overcame in order to improve diversion and sustainability initiatives.
The Houston Astros will continue to strive for increased sustainability throughout the ballpark in the most efficient ways possible.