Gallery: Vancouver Soccer Stadium Made With 22,000 Recycled Tires


Photo credit: John Bollwitt Flickr

With global soccer fever still high, here’s another amazing soccer stadium that boasts some remarkable green features. The recently completed Empire Field Stadium in Vancouver is made with 22,000 recycled tires, amounting to 346,000 pounds of crumb rubber! The stadium, which will host the BC Lions football team (American football) and the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer team, utilizes the crumb rubber under the artificial turf, which provides a number of benefits for the players and the environment.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt Flickr

A more level cushioned playing surface helps prevent athlete injuries, and the rubber, which serves as an additive to the soil, also helps improve drainage. And since the turf is artificial it never needs pesticides, fertilizers or water, which is a major environmental benefit. The rubber crumb for the stadium was produced by Liberty Tire Recycling, who recycles more than 110 million tires annually.

Unfortunately, Empire Field Stadium is only temporary and will only be in service as a stadium for the two teams during the 2010 and 2011 season, while BC Place (the real stadium) is undergoing renovations and installing a retractable roof. The temporary stadium was constructed on the site of the old Empire Stadium. After the renovations are complete on BC Place, the BC Lions and the Whitecaps will move out of Empire Field and back to their larger stadium. Empire Field Stadium, meanwhile will be dismantled, but the field will remain and the Vancouver community will be able to play on the recycled tire field. It seems a waste to build a stadium for only one year, but at least the community will benefit from a great field afterwards.

Via Earth911


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    Also interesting about the Vancouver Whitecaps is their Greenzone Sustainability Kick. The Supply Chain, Vendors and fans have been brought together so Waste from the games is diverted to Compost or Recycling (and Bottle Refund).

  5. lb July 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I think they meant American football to distinguish it from European football (i.e. soccer).

    More to the point – went to a game in this stadium last weekend and had a seat with a stunning view of the mountains. was pretty amazing.

  6. grumpy old man July 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Canadian football has been played for a few generations now. BC Lions since 1951. Other CFL teams including Winnipeg (80 years) and Saskatchewan (100 years) much longer. We’ve been playing Canadian football of some form since 1861.

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