By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Cities
Entertainment giant AEG seeks to make the planned Farmers Field football stadium the "most environmentally sustainable stadium in the world."
As the City of Los Angeles conducts ongoing (and at times acrimonious) discussions over whether to welcome a football team from the National Football League, entertainment giant AEG announced on Tuesday that it would make the planned Farmers Field the "most environmentally sustainable stadium in the world."
The company set aside $1 billion to construct the stadium, a 72,000-seat behemoth planned for downtown Los Angeles. It says it's working with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council to ensure that when it is complete, it will be the first NFL stadium to receive LEED certification.
The company isn't the only driving factor for efficiency. The California State Senate and Assembly passed a bill requiring AEG to make the new stadium 100 percent carbon neutral -- including the emissions generated from private car trips to and from the stadium.
That's a daunting task for a city known for its love affair with the car. (The purchase of carbon offsets will certainly play a part.)
Nonetheless, a smarter stadium is simply good business for AEG. By optimizing energy consumption and mechanical operations as well as supporting water conservation and robust waste and recycling programs, the company is ensuring that the bill to run the stadium remains low as it rakes in the profits from playing home to America's most popular sport in its second most-populous city.
Sep 20, 2011
What I would like to know is, what NFL football team is going to LA? Did Al Davis wake up from under the hair dryer long enough to move the Raiders again?
First building a team in LA is pointless. Nobody will go and they will have a big expensive stadium they will never be able to pay for. Second, leave it to California to try and regulate carbon emissions. Now you know why business are leaving California. I have lived here my whole life and the only people who have these beliefs are the politicians in Sacramento. You show me one tailgater in the parking lot before a game who actual cares if the stadium is carbon neutral. They only care if the team is winning or not.
The California State Senate and Assembly passed a bill requiring AEG to make the new stadium 100 percent carbon neutral including the emissions generated from private car trips to and from the stadium. If they honestly believe their own rhetoric, then the only sensible thing to do would be to pass a bill outlawing the proposed stadium altogether. There is no such thing as "100 percent carbon neutral", and if carbon is the threat that they claim it is, they have no business spending billions of dollars on something as frivolous as another entertainment complex.
Probably the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of the 32 teams in the league, it brings in the least revenue, has the most unsold seats every Sunday, as evidenced by tarps covering aisle after aisle, and is situated in a state with two other NFL teams, both vying for attendance.
Put rail to the stadium so people will not have to bring their cars? I'll bet they could build a nice network over 10 years with what they would pay in carbon offsets. Opps. My bad. Then Al Gore will not get his cut of the project. Forget that moment of common sense.
Just one of the reasons I escaped from that loony bin last year. The lunatics truly are running the asylum there. "Carbon neutral" is one of the biggest scams perpetrated on us.
...out of the parking revenue. That's why Atlanta's MARTA rail deliberately does not go to Turner Field.
I'd take the train in if only so I wouldn't have to deal with the traffic. I used to take the bus to concerts in Columbia, SC when I was in high school for that reason.
From parking lot attendents to police working over time details, managing the traffic at a stadium is big business. The state highway workers placing and removing traffic cones on Route 1 for a Patriots game make a bundle to sit around during the game.