• [ February 4, 2013 ]
  • An energy-efficient Super Bowl

When planning Super Bowl XLVII, city leaders in New Orleans decided to embrace energy efficiency and make Sunday’s game the greenest in history.

The New Orleans Host Committee partnered with eco-friendly fans and community leaders to try and reduce energy usage in various Super Bowl venues. For the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the exterior featured more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels. The lights and panels added a spectrum of animated colors, patterns, and images, but what makes this unique is the energy efficiency– it only draws 10 kilowatts of electricity, similar to the amount of energy used by a small home.

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As for the biggest energy savings of the game- the 34 minute power outage that left the Superdome dark, was in no way related to the energy efficient exterior lighting. But who knows, it may have helped Super Bowl XLVII reach its energy efficient goals.

For more information on energy efficiency measures used in Super Bowl XLVII or the green resources being used throughout New Orleans, check out the Department of Energy’s Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficiency Forefront post.



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