Future Home of the San Francisco 49ers Set to Establish Sustainability Milestone with LEED Gold Status

The new Stadium will be finished in August of 2014

(from Sports Business Journal, October 7-13, 2013)  Levi’s Stadium will set a new bar for green in sports after the San Francisco 49ers’ new facility opens in August of 2014.  The facility will have many “green components,” and it will be the first NFL stadium to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  To be certified by LEED, buildings earn points in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, materials and resources, and indoor quality.  After the facility opens, it must go through a check by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization affiliated with LEED, before it is officially certified.  Levi’s Stadium will have many features that meet these requirements, and because of this it is likely that they will be certified.  “We’re not ‘greenwashing’ here – it’s not something we want to be a part of just for the sake of doing it,” said Jim Mercurio, 49ers Vice President of Stadium Operations and Security.

The stadium, that will seat 68,500, will tap into the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which removes the need for fresh water to operate toilets and irrigation.  This system is already in use behind the stadium which will make a huge impact on how much water is used for the 49ers.  Additionally, there is no need to build new parking lots for the stadium, for there are already 21,000 parking spots around the stadium that will be accessible for stadium parking, giving the facility points towards LEED certification for not having to lay pavement for parking lots.  There will also be a bike path that can be utilized on game day as well as a valet bike service for fans that bike to the game.  On top of that, the stadium will also have solar panels installed for energy.  All of these things make the stadium a top candidate for being LEED certified, and the first of its kind.