Sustainability

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, recyclable, reused, or donated.

WATER

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.

Native plants are used in the landscaping around the stadium to help reduce the amount of water needed to keep them healthy.

STORM WATER COLLECTION

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.

WASTE

U.S. Bank Stadium sells food and beverages to hundreds of thousands of people every year. In its first two year of operations, the stadium generated nearly 2000 tons of waste which is roughly the weight of 700 African Elephants, or to put it in stadium terms, over 18 million hotdogs. To minimize waste, U.S. Bank Stadium has implemented a robust compost, recycling, reuse, and donation program to divert as much waste from the incinerator as possible.

Since the first year of operations, the amount of landfill waste has decreased by 40%, and is expected to keep decreasing year by year.

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.

For Super Bowl LII, the stadium recycled, composted, reused, or donated 91% of all game day waste, more than 69 tons.

ENERGY

U.S. Bank Stadium is 100% powered by renewable wind energy.

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 lasts much longer as well.

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 building automation system provides real time data that the operations team uses to make temperature adjustments where needed.

TRANSPORTATION

U.S. Bank Stadium is one of the most urban stadiums in the country, shoring up the east side of downtown Minneapolis. It sits next to a light rail station that has two lines: the Green Line, which runs from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul; and the Blue Line, which runs from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America. The stadium also has ample bus service. The light rail line brings 30% of Vikings fans to games.

The stadium was awarded a Bike Friendly Business Certification for its easy access to bike trails and because it has 180 bike racks around the facility. The stadium participates in Bike to Work Day and encourages staff to bike to work as a way to reduce the amount of single use vehicles.

A shuttle service is also provided 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:

  • Nearly all food packaging that comes from concessions, premium areas, and suites are made to be composted. The stadium offers compost collection to collect these products. We have collected 155 tons of compost since July 2017, roughly the weight of 1 blue whale.
  • By increasing the stadiums organics rates, CO2 emissions have been reduced by nearly 440,000 pounds, and methane emissions have been reduced by roughly 22,000 pounds.
  • By using renewable energy, the stadium has taken the equivalent of 2.5 million cars off the road.
  • Administrative offices use 100% post-consumer copy paper, reusable service ware, and utilizes filtered water coolers to eliminate plastic bottle use. 
  • First stadium to receive a Bike Friendly Business certification, has over 180 bike racks.
  • By using native plants in the stadiums landscaping, less water is required to ensure the plant’s survival.
  • Since opening, we have recycled over 706 tons of waste, roughly the equivalent of 9 space shuttles or 6.5 million hotdogs.
  • On November 20, 2017, U.S. Bank Stadium was certified LEED Gold for Building Design and Construction.