The FIFA World Cup is one of the largest sporting events on the planet – a symbol of global passion and national spirit. It also has a massive carbon footprint, thanks to human migration to and within the host cities as well as the consumption of arenas themselves. These structures accommodate tens of thousands of fans at a time and literally light up the night.
Stadium venues and their energy excesses are a part of sports culture, but they can have significant environmental impacts on surrounding communities and landscapes. At capacity, a sports facility becomes home to the population of a small city, with upwards of 70,000 fans at a typical NFL game. That density creates environmental problems related to water and power consumption, resource conservation, and greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, most of these venues were constructed long before the topics of climate change or LEED were part of our lexicon.
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