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Super Bowl's Energy Consumption

Posted on 02-07-2024

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events on television, and with that comes big energy consumption.  Each year, the Super Bowl consumes an astounding amount of energy primarily due to the needs of the host stadium, broadcasting operations, and the transportation infrastructure.

Estimates suggest that the Super Bowl typically utilizes between 12-13 million kWh of energy.  This energy is essential to powering the massive stadium where the game takes place, including lighting, HVAC system, and other facilities required to accomodate thousands of spectators.  Broadcasting the event to millions of viewers worlwide also demands a substantial amount of energy, with television networks relying on extensive equipment, lighting set up, and data transmission technologies.

Transportation technologies add another layer of energy consumption, as fans travel to and from the host city, contributing to emissions and energy usage associated with travel and accomodation.

Despite the staggering energy demands, efforts are underway to mitigate the environmental impact of the Super Bowl.  Stadiums are increasingly adopting energy efficient technologies. Broadcasters are exploring renewable energy sources.  And, initiatives are being implemented to reduce waste and promote sustainability throughout the event.

No matter what team you root for, we all root for a more energy efficient Super Bowl.


Did You Know?

A 600 megawatt natural gas plant can power 220,000 homes.

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