Sheri Brezinka

For the second time, the Super Bowl is being held in a LEED-certified stadium.

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is set to host the 2018 Super Bowl on Sun., February 4. Not only will the Super Bowl draw thousands of visitors to the stadium, but more than 100 million will watch the game on TV. The green building community is especially proud that the Super Bowl will be held in a LEED-certified venue for the second time.

Sports venues and the NFL are taking the lead on sustainability and embracing environmental stewardship while also educating their fans. U.S. Bank Stadium is only the third NFL stadium to achieve LEED Gold; the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium and the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium also achieved this level.

The Minnesota Vikings organization had sustainability in mind from the beginning stages of design for this state-of-the-art facility. Taking Minnesota’s extreme climate and measurable snowfall into account, energy and ongoing building performance rose to the top when examining LEED design strategies. In addition, the project included the demolition and removal of the existing Metrodome, making construction waste management a challenging aspect of the construction process.

The LEED Gold certification was the result of several design and operating features, including

  • 100 percent of the stadium’s energy being offset with renewable energy credits.
  • An innovative design with reduced steel needed for construction.
  • LED lighting, which consumes 75 percent less energy.
  • A sloped roof forms a lofted interior “heat reservoir,” storing solar heat that acts as a natural snow melt system.
  • A roof that reduces the need for daytime artificial lighting while offering natural daylight and passive solar heating.
  • A sustainability program geared toward zero waste and STEM tours for school groups.
  • Avoidance of toxins through healthy materials and cleaning products that do not contaminate the indoor environment.

Minnesota is a national leader when it comes to sustainable stadiums, and U.S. Bank Stadium is just the latest Twin Cities stadium to receive LEED certification.

  • Target Field is the only ballpark in the major leagues to receive two LEED certifications.
  • The Minnesota Wild’s Xcel Energy Center is LEED-certified—and so is the attached convention center, the Saint Paul RiverCentre. 
  • The University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium was the first college football field to receive LEED Silver for new construction.

Having the Super Bowl hosted at a LEED-certified stadium shows the sports world the commitment the U.S. Bank Stadium has toward reduced operating costs, improved facility performance, reduced carbon and waste footprints, and a better and healthier fan experience.

Tune into the game on CBS Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Learn more about green sports venues on USGBC+