I was reading through a magazine today when an article caught my eye. The Washington Nationals have a new LEED-certified stadium. This will be the first LEED-certified in Major League Baseball. It’s the first stadium that has been built with keeping the environment in mind. Here are some unique things I read in the article about the new stadium.
For The Children- Beneath the east garage is what they call the “Strike Zone”. It is a 15,000 square foot children’s area with a Playstation Pavillion. Proceeds from the “Strike Zone” will go to benefit the National’s charity. They also have a “Build-A-Bear” outlet and several other amusements.
Cherry Trees- The cherry trees were a special request by the National’s owner, Mark Lerner. Cherry trees are a Washington icon. They will be in bloom in enough time for the baseball season.
Scoreboard-The National’s will have the biggest scoreboard in baseball. It’s five stories tall and is 4.532 sq ft with a high definition video screen.
Recycling Center- At the stadium there will be an “in-house” recycling center. It is equipped with four 34-cubic-yard dumpster compactors that are big enough to handle glass, metal and plastic recyclables.
What National Accountants Say- The Nationals’ accountants think the new stadium is a much “greener” ballpark, better than RFK.
Wastewater System- This is the first of its kind. It uses sand filters calibrated the ballpark’s unique needs. It’s designed to screen out organic debris such as peanut shells and hotdog bits. The engineers claim that water that has gone through the system is cleaner than the water in the nearby Anacostia River.
Lighting- They have state-of-the-art high-efficiency field lighting that uses 21% less energy than conventional lighting.