Reducing our Carbon Footprint

U.S. Bank Stadium aims to reduce its carbon footprint in all areas of operations including but not limited to: water reduction, waste reduction/diversion, energy efficiency, sustainable purchasing, and alternative transportation promotion. U.S. Bank Stadium aims to become a zero-waste facility, where 90% of all waste is either compostable or recyclable.​


Low flow fixtures are used throughout the stadium. These minimize the amount of water used for each flush.

We closely monitor all our mechanical systems to ensure they are running efficiently and using the correct amount of water.


U.S. Bank Stadium collects all water runoff from the roof and diverts it to a retention system underneath the parking lot on the east side of the stadium. The runoff will be slowly released through the system recharging the ground water supply and eliminates the need to pump runoff into the city’s sewer system.


U.S. Bank Stadium sells food and beverage to hundreds of thousands of people every year. The stadium generated nearly 1000 tons of waste in the first year of operations, which is roughly the weight of 197 African Elephants, or to put it in stadium terms, over 9 million hotdogs. To minimize the waste, U.S. Bank Stadium has instituted a composting and recycling program to divert as much waste as possible.

As a part of the waste diversion program, the stadium partnered with Minnesota-based Recycle Across America to make understandable signage for all the waste bins in the stadium. U.S. Bank Stadium is the first sports facility in the world to use Recycle Across America’s signage; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be the second upon its completion. 


U.S. Bank Stadium is the first NFL stadium to be built with LED sports lighting. LED lighting consumes 75% less electricity than traditional stadium lighting and will have a longer life.

The transparent roof made of ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) allows natural sunlight into the stadium, which gives the stadium an outdoor feel, and helps with heating the stadium. A computer monitoring system provides real time data that the operations team uses to make temperature adjustments where needed.


U.S. Bank Stadium is one of the most urban in the country, shoring up the east side of downtown Minneapolis, and it sits next to a light rail station and ample bus service. The light rail line alone brings 30% of Vikings fans to games.

SMG provides a shuttle service to and from the stadium, so staff can park off site and still have a safe and warm ride to events.

U.S. Bank Stadium Sustainable Facts:

  • Administrative offices use 100% post-consumer copy paper.
  • First stadium to receive a Bike Friendly Business certification, has over 180 bike racks. 
  • From August of 2016-to August 2017, paper consumption dropped 68%, which is roughly 80,000 sheets of paper.
  • In year one we recycled over 135 tons of waste, roughly the equivalent of 20 African elephants.
  • On November 20, 2017, U.S. Bank Stadium was certified LEED Gold.