The Green Sox? Sports Stadiums Try for Sustainability

Architectural Record has an interesting piece out this week, coinciding with Major League Baseball’s World Series. Famed Fenway Park in Boston, the oldest stadium in baseball, is getting a green upgrade in time for its centennial in 2012. From the article:

The Red Sox are planning to add photovoltaic panels and make additional green improvements with advice from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Although there is not yet a standardized way of greening a stadium, the Sox join a host of other ball clubs pursuing LEED-inspired, or LEED-aspiring projects including the Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, and New York Mets. The NRDC is consulting with many of these teams, as well as Major League officials and NBA and NHL franchises.

“It’s enlightened self-interest (for sports teams),” says Mark Rosentraub, a sports economist and dean of the Cleveland State University School of Urban Affairs. “It’s a prudent response to the high cost of energy and there’s PR value, since everything they do is much more visible.”

The article goes on to say that the team has already upgraded their playing field with “a sand filtration layer that moderates runoff into the city storm drains, and the grounds crews using less-toxic chemicals to maintain the field.”

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