LEED-Certified Sports Facilities – The Green of the Crop in Professional & College Athletics



This is a special guest post by Christine Kilbride on behalf of BAMCO.


In recent years, developers’ and architects’ eyes are green – but not with envy. Green building is a driving force in much of the world’s modern day construction and architectural design.

According to a survey and report by Dodge Data & Analytics, the percentage of firms that plan to have a majority of their projects certified green is expected to double by 2018 – from the current 18% to 37%.

From conserving rainwater to utilizing solar power and recyclable material, many aspects of green building can be applied to commercial or institutional projects.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – renowned for their certification of green building projects around the world – continues to raise the bar for environmentally-friendly building best practices.

The LEED rating system currently includes four classifications: certified, silver, gold and platinum.

When it comes to going green, you’re probably envisioning expansive corporate headquarters like the Hearst Building in New York City or the Google campus in Mountain View, CA.

Let’s take a look at some exceptional LEED certified projects from an industry you may have never expected: Professional sports.


  1. Texax A&M’s Apogee Stadium

The only Platinum-rated stadium on this list belongs to college sports, and the Texas A&M Aggies. The 31,000 seat stadium was designed with sustainable solutions in mind, from the building process to current fixtures.

During construction, 75% of waste was diverted from a landfill, and almost 70% of construction materials were either local or recyclable materials. In terms of energy, wind turbines were installed as an alternative energy source that eliminates about 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually.


  1. AmericanAirlines Arena

Home of the Miami Heat, AmericanAirlines Arena has recently received a LEED Gold recertification. Some notable sustainability efforts include a reflective roof to reduce the “heat island” effect of the stadium footprint, diversion of over 330,000 pounds of waste from landfills and installation of plumbing that reduces water usage by over 4 million gallons.


  1. Levi’s Stadium

After initially receiving an accolade as the first stadium to open with a LEED Gold certification in 2014, Levi’s Stadium has recently earned a second LEED Gold for an existing building.

Keeping long term sustainability in mind, materials were carefully chosen throughout the building process. All equipment purchased was 100% Energy Star qualified, almost 86% of cleaning materials are considered sustainable and an Indoor Air Quality management program was installed.


  1. Consol Energy Center

There seems to be no better place for energy efficiency than the Pittsburgh Penguin’s Consol Energy Center. The LEED Gold certified arena earned its rating through utilizing local building materials, maximizing green space and purchasing renewable energy.

But one of the most unique aspects is Consol Energy’s “Rock and Wrap it Up!” program that donates leftover food at concession stands to local food banks on game nights. Sustainable and charitable!


  1. Marlins Park

For baseball, we return to Florida, but this time to Marlins Park. Due to Florida’s heavy humidity and heat, a retractable roof was required to make fans more comfortable. But trying to find an environmentally-friendly design posed an initial challenge. Ultimately, the design team was able to reduce energy use by 22.4%, well over the 14% certification requirement.

Other unique features include flooring made from recycled Nike sneakers, plumbing fixtures that save over six million gallons of water per year, and the installation of over 300 bike racks to promote alternate forms of transportation.

These teams and many more across the country are working hard not only for LEED certification, but to sustain our planet as well. Each day – and each partnership with the Green Building Council – we’re moving closer to a healthier planet.

Banner Idea That Celebrates New Partners from Bucknell Sports Properties

bucknellWe saw this one on LinkedIn earlier today and subsequently found the original tweet. What a great idea from Learfield Sports and Bucknell Sports Properties. This is an easy and free way to make a new or returning client feel special. It’s hard to find unique ideas for local sponsors, but Bucknell made it happen. Great idea from Mike Trudnak and company in Lewisburg, PA!



Of course student athletes eating the pizza won’t hurt either!

FC Barcelona Opens New York City Office


New York, N.Y. – September 7, 2016: FC Barcelona, one of the most prestigious and winningest fútbol clubs in the world, today announced the opening of its first U.S. corporate office, located on the 20th floor of 250 Park Avenue in New York City.  Already world-renowned for its achievements on the field of play, the new office ensures the Club has an ongoing presence in the North American market, and represents a key step toward implementing its 2016-2021 strategic growth plan.


Arno Trabesinger will manage the new U.S. office.  Gerard Guiu, who was previously in charge of the Barca President’s office and director of social initiatives, and Arturo De le Fuente, who previously was a member of the marketing department for the Club, will join Trabesinger in New York. Through this new office, the Club will focus on the development of new partnerships and strategic collaborations; promote current sponsors from the U.S. and around the world; extend the presence of the FC Barcelona Foundation in the United States; enhance FC Barcelona’s role within the New York City community; and help to grow the sport among the U.S. fan base.


“We are thrilled to officially open the doors to our New York City office and expand our global footprint to North America,” commented Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona. “Our new space provides our team with the opportunity to increase strategic capabilities that align with both our current and future growth plans, including maximizing commercial opportunities, building relationships with our sponsors and fans, and positively impacting the communities we are a part of and serve. Our New York City office represents our team’s commitment to building the FC Barcelona brand and boosting the popularity of fútbol throughout the United States.”


FC Barcelona & The United States

While the opening of the New York City office signifies the Club’s first official permanent presence in the United States, FC Barcelona engaged its legions of passionate American fans during friendly matches in the U.S. last summer and enjoys fruitful partnerships with iconic U.S.-based companies such as Nike, Gatorade, Stanley Black & Decker, and Gillette. Helping to further expand the Club’s presence, reach local communities, and foster growth of the game in the U.S., FC Barcelona is planning to expand its FCBEscola soccer schools throughout the country, with a New York-based school planned later this year and a total of 37 more camps and schools planned between now and next summer.


Additionally, FC Barcelona is a longstanding partner of UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Both have allowed  the Club to undertake and support a wide array of humanitarian and social responsibility initiatives, all of which FC Barcelona plans to continue in the United States over the coming years.



About The New York Office

Located on iconic Park Avenue, FC Barcelona’s new office rests amid a hotbed of corporate sporting activity in New York City, while remaining steps away from major landmarks like Grand Central Station.  The new site epitomizes the spirit of the brand with several areas of

turf flooring, state-of-the-art technology, floor-to-ceiling stadium murals, a trophy case, and signed athlete jerseys throughout. The open floor plan ensures the space remains multi-functional to host a variety of events or gatherings, while the fútbol-inspired design brings to life the feeling of being inside a stadium.


FC Barcelona has signed a 10 year lease on the new office space, owned by AEW Capital Management and secured by Cushman and Wakefield.

Visualization: Nation by Nation Summer Olympics Medal Count

Olympic_rings_without_rims.svgThe 31st Summer Olympics kick off this Friday, August 5 and run through Sunday, August 21. Over 10,000 athletes from 206 nations will compete with the Opening Ceremony kicking off the two-week festival of sport at Maracana stadium.

Alexandra Duke of Tableau Public created a visualization about the sports represented in the Summer Olympics since their creation. Click the picture below to see all medals won across every sport since the first modern day Olympics in 1896.


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In partnership with Reese’s, Lindsey Vonn showcases her Summer Olympic sports prowess

Between the Olympics, Copa América Centenario, and the Euros, this is the summer of international competitions and the best athletes in the world will represent their countries in front of millions of fans around the world. However there’s one group of elite athletes who couldn’t be further away from competing and representing their country: Winter Olympic athletes.

That’s why Reese’s has teamed up with Lindsey Vonn for their “Do Summer Like a Winter Olympian” campaign. With no competitions to prepare for, Vonn is partnering with Reese’s to bring her playful, humorous, and competitive spirit to some of summer’s traditional Olympic events including fencing, archery, dressage, sculling canoe, and rhythmic gymnastics.



Two  TV spots featuring Vonn will air on Tuesday, July 5th and Tuesday, July 19th – the first time in over a decade that the Reese’s brand is using live action advertising vs. animation.  The social content and TV spot will encourage fans to do summer #LikeAWinterOlympian.

Throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Vonn will interact with Reese’s fans on social media to provide commentary on key competitions, conduct interactive polls, respond to fans, and encourage them to join in on conversations around real-time trending topics.