Atlanta officials expect more than 150,000 out-of-town guests for the Super Bowl this weekend (Feb 3, 2019) and more than one million people – residents and visitors – are expected to attend Super Bowl related-events.
The city is asking people not to drive to the Mercedes Stadium, this year’s site for the Super Bowl. Atlanta is known for its congested highways and the Super Bowl is likely to increase that congestion considerably.
However, one thing Atlanta officials will not be as concerned about this weekend is water. Most professional sports stadiums use hundreds of thousands of gallons of water annually consumed by fans, players, staff, and used for irrigation.
However, what makes Mercedes Stadium different and why water is less of a concern is the following:
- Restrooms have high-efficiency toilets installed that use less water than traditional toilets.
- Waterless urinals, manufactured by Waterless Co., Inc., were selected for all the men’s restrooms. Each urinal saves thousands of gallons of water per year.
- Xeriscape landscaping was installed. In most cases, these are drought-resistant plants that use far less water than plants brought in from other parts of the country
- Mechanicals such as boilers, HVAC systems were all selected because they use water more efficiently than comparable systems
- A 680,000-gallon cistern collects rainwater, which can then be used for cooling the facility or irrigation.
Overall, the Atlanta stadium is expected to use 47 percent less water than a comparably-sized stadium. But water efficiency is not the only sustainable initiative at the stadium. Other features include the following:
- Overall, the stadium should use about 30 percent less energy than a similar sized facility
- More than 4,000 solar panels are installed, which will generate around 1.6 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy
- Electric charging stations are available in parking lots
- On-site edible landscaping has also been planted
“Edible landscaping refers to growing food-producing plants around the stadium,” says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and Founder of Waterless Co. “It’s one more example of how the Mercedes Stadium not only reduced water consumption and promotes sustainability but gives back to the local community.”