The key take away from their study is; “Our conclusion, and that of nearly all academic economists studying this issue, is that professional sports generally have little, if any, positive effect on a city's economy,”.
Major sporting events in general consume massive amounts of energy. From lighting a stadium to waste generation, a professional football game is an expensive undertaking. In the last few years, sports venues have started to incorporate energy-efficient strategies and green design elements, such as more efficient lighting systems, composting and on-site power generation. These stadiums are already seeing great returns on their investments and saving lots of money on energy. What kind of savings could we generate if we combined all the energy-efficient and eco-friendly measures available into one ultimate green stadium?
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Even though the 2013 National Football League season is about six months away, one team is driving the ball down the field in helping to boost the changing image of spectator sports as a champion in environmental sustainability.
Sunpower is helping recent Super Bowl Finalists, the San Francisco 49ers, by providing a solar panel system for their new stadium.
The new system at 400 kW is being installed by NRG Energy at the $1.2 billion stadium located in Santa Clara, California. Once completed, the project will offset all energy consumption at all San Francisco 49er home games once the stadium opens in 2014.
Installation of three solar array bridges will be done at the training centre, plus a solar canopy built over the green roof terrace.
“NRG is much more than a founding partner, they are providing the energy leadership, infrastructure and expertise to help us achieve the vision of making the new Santa Clara Stadium an economically and environmentally sustainable showcase for innovation,” said Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce wants to increase hotel taxes to help pay for a $400 million renovation at Sun Life Stadium.
The business group’s board on Wednesday endorsed the Miami Dolphins’ financing plan for their home stadium, saying the upgrade will be good for the county’s economy. The Dolphins want an annual $3 million state subsidy and millions of dollars in Miami-Dade hotel taxes each year to fund the biggest renovation in the stadium’s history, including a partial canopy to shield spectators from the sun and rain.
Under the plan, Miami-Dade would increase mainland hotel taxes to 7 percent from 6 percent, making them the highest in Florida. Miami Beach is also expected to raise its hotel tax to 7 percent to fund improvements of the city’s convention center.
Sun Life is vying with the new $1 billion stadium in the San Francisco area for the 2016 Super Bowl, and the Chamber’s resolution endorsing the higher taxes cites the economic value of winning that game. A Chamber study funded by the Dolphins concluded that the Dolphins and Sun Life generate about $1 billion a year to South Florida’s economy. Citying the study, the resolution said the stadium renovation would create 4,000 construction jobs and pump an additional $2 billion into Miami-Dade’s economy over 15 years...
The NFL is getting more serious about conduct in the stands.
This year, its teams are requiring any fan who gets ejected from a stadium to take a four-hour online course before they are permitted to come back into the facility again.
The course, designed by psychotherapist Dr. Ari Novick in tandem with the MetLife Stadium security director Daniel DeLorenzi, focuses on alcohol abuse, anger management and crude behavior. A handful of teams have used the course over the past couple seasons, but this summer, as part of a review of their best practices, every team decided to enforce the course on offending fans this season.
Novick said when fans get ejected from a game this year, they will be sent a letter that encourages them to apologize to the team and complete the course. If they fail to meet the requirement, and they are caught on stadium property, they are told they could be arrested for trespassing.
Not only do fans have to take the course if they want to come back to the stadium, they have to pay for it, too. Costs vary by team. The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons charge the least at $50, while the New England Patriots charge a league-high $100. When a fan completes the course, Novick's company forwards that information to the club.
Skeptics might wonder how teams are going to keep track of ejected fans from week to week. Ray DiNunzio, the NFL's director of strategic security, told ESPN the monitoring will vary by team but could at some point involve facial recognition technology.
Approximately 7,000 people were ejected from NFL stadiums last season. The number varied by team but some teams are known to be more strict in certain areas than others. The Oakland Raiders, for example, have a zero-tolerance policy for smoking. DiNunzio said the Raiders could eject up to 300 fans a game for lighting up...
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