The San Francisco 49ers are building a new state of the art football stadium that will be unlike any other NFL home field. Located in Santa Clara, the new stadium will be equipped to have a sustainable energy source. In combination with NRG Energy, the 49ers’ new home will use the sun to create its own energy.
NRG is going to help make the new football field the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. NRG will become the sole sustainable energy provider for the NFC West powerhouse and will install a number of solar elements.
NRG is planning to install several state-of-the-art solar elements, including three solar array-covered bridges, a solar canopy of the green roof on the suite tower, and solar panels over the 9ers’ training center. The arrays will have a total peak capacity of 400kW and will be able to provide enough power over the course of a year to offset the power consumed by the stadium during home games. This will make the new stadium the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy performance.
This innovative new stadium will be the first in the next generation of stadium designs. One of the most unique features that the stadium will offer is the green roof at the top of the suite tower. The three solar bridges will connect the main parking to the stadium and will have hundreds of solar panels on them.
Not only will the Bay Area fans be able to enjoy the new “green” stadium’s new solar power, but there will be many other green initiatives. There will be public transit access to the stadium, bicycle parking, a walking path from the San Thomas Creek Trail, water conserving plumbing fixtures, recycled materials, and much more sustainable design elements.
Here are some of the specs for the new home of the San Francisco 49ers:
- Cost will be $1.2 Billion
- 1.85 million square feet, with approximately 68,500 seats and 165 luxury suites.
- Designed to be a multipurpose facility that can host soccer, motocross, concerts, and more
- Three solar panel-covered bridges
- Hundreds of solar panels at the practice facility
- Solar Canopy