Tonight millions of Americans will tune in to see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Chiefs fans will undoubtedly be rooting for the team to do well on the field, but did you know there are many great things going on behind the scenes?
According to Brandon Hamilton, the Chiefs Director of Facilities, they are going the “extra yard for the environment”. Arrowhead is over 1.4 million square feet. All that space has to be heated, cooled and lit.
The Chiefs utilized the KCP&L rebate program for their chiller plant upgrades. They’ve also installed automated systems to monitor all electric demand. According to Hamilton, the Chiefs are only turning game lights just before they are needed, are capturing exterior air for cooling for the autumn and spring, and are working hard with their employees to change staff behavior to lower energy costs.
There are so many great things going on at Arrowhead that we are unable to list them all. However, to give you a better idea, here are some highlights:
- Solar panels – the Chiefs have three systems @ 25 kW
- “Extra Yard for the Environment” – includes recycling and composting year-round
- Recycling – waste diversion – The team diverted 50% of 740 tons of waste. After events – triple sweeps of stadium – 1st recyclables, 2nd compostable materials, 3rd waste.
So tonight, enjoy the game Chiefs fans and cheer for your team. And also take pride that your hometown team is doing some great things to reduce their energy usage from behind the scenes.