As if the Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium wasn't filled with enough history enough, the prime-time contest added a groundbreaking chapter to the NFL's history.
The Raiders vs. Packers game on Monday night will be the first NFL game ever to run entirely on renewable energy, according to a statement made by Allegiant Stadium on Friday. The stadium is now powered entirely by renewable energy.
The $1.9 billion stadium runs on solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind energy, and it takes great pleasure in its environmental initiatives.
According to the Allegiant Stadium website, Raiders President Sandra Douglass Morgan stated, "The Las Vegas Raiders are proud to set the bar in sustainability not only for the NFL but for sports around the world."
"We must address sustainability head-on and establish new benchmarks for sustainability in sports on behalf of our athletes, fans, community, and the environment. Our influence and reach go much beyond the game.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) granted Allegiant LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification in July.
With features like its ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) roof, cooling tower, chiller plant, and air handling equipment, the stadium aims to reduce its environmental impact.
General Manager Chris Wright of Allegiant Stadium commented, "Allegiant Stadium is excited to reach this tremendous milestone in our ongoing sustainability efforts."
"Developing and enhancing sustainable practices that lessen our environmental impact while presenting elite concerts, athletic events, and business gatherings to Las Vegas has been and will be our aim.
Being the first stadium in North America to accomplish this feat and to establish a benchmark for what is feasible as we carry on having an influence on the Las Vegas community and beyond is an honor."