Gallery: The 7 Most Energy-Efficient Baseball Stadiums in the U.S.

Photo: Marlins Park. Credit: Miami Marlins, Kelly Gavin
 

1. Marlins Park: Miam​i Marlins

This season, the Florida Marlins changed their name to the Miami Marlins and moved into the nation’s newest LEED-certified baseball stadium. Marlins Park boasts LEED Gold rating in part because its energy-efficient building envelope – and its mechanical, electrical, lighting, heating, and cooling systems – cost the ballpark 22% less on energy compared to similar structures.

Marlins Park was built on the site of the old Orange Bowl, so it is accessible via multiple transportation options; the park also offers over 300 bike racks. In addition, 60% of the materials used to build Marlins Park came from within a 500-mile radius, which reduced fuel consumption. The ballpark features an 8,000-ton retractable roof that requires a lot of energy to operate, but regenerative drive systems reduce power consumption so that it costs less than $10 in electricity to open or close.

The park also includes 250 waterless urinals which use 52% less water than in similar stadiums. Meanwhile, landscaping around the stadium uses 60% less potable water for irrigation because its drought-resistant plants need less water. Windows and glass panels provide ample natural lighting.

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