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The game in numbers


43 – 8: this number you are probably already familiar with, the final results from last Sunday’s Super Bowl, with Seattle’s Seahawks victory. But what other numbers can we dig up?


A little under half of all U.S. households tuned into the game – it represents about 111.5 million viewers.


It was broadcast in 180 countries and more than 30 languages.


A 30-second advertisement cost more than $4 million.


Average ticket price: $3,019


An estimated 1.25 billion chicken wings were consumed during the game.


And finally, there are 1,202 beer taps at the MetLife stadium, which can seat 82,500 people.


But here’s another number you might not be familiar with…


The MetLife stadium seats twice the size as the old stadium, yet uses 30% less energy!


Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009, pledging to become an environmental steward and implement a number of energy efficiency measures.


It opened its doors in 2010, and provided regular updates to document their efforts to the EPA.


From its conception, it was built with energy conservation in mind – with recycled steel and environmentally friendly concrete. Then, different measures were installed in phases – a notable example, the solar panels that were installed in 2012. There are 1,350 of them!


Other measures range from food waste composting to water conservation efforts, as well as LED lighting and the use of biodiesel fuel.


Overall, they have managed to reduce their carbon footprint by 234,384 MTCO2e (Metric Ton Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) (as of March 2013). It probably doesn’t mean much to you – but this is the equivalent of the carbon dioxide emissions from the energy use of 12,086 homes for one year!


Closer to home, the future Minneapolis Vikings Stadium should open in July 2016. The aim is to make it the first LEED-certified NFL stadium. LEED stands for: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. Their rating systems are groups of requirements for projects that want to achieve LEED certification, divided into different categories (water and energy management, materials used…). Homes can get LEED-certified too!


Target Field, where the Twins play, has also won praise for its sustainability efforts.