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How Football Grounds Have Become More Eco-Friendly

Many people, including sports fans, have become concerned with sustainability and eco-friendly concepts. It is no surprise, then, that football teams in some of the world’s biggest sports leagues have also been looking at ways to make their grounds operate in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

Here are just some of the ways football stadiums and grounds have been working to become more environmentally sound.

Greener Pitch Markings

Pitch markings are essential if you want to have a game of football – without them, the players have no idea where the boundaries are or when they are in the box. However, the paints previously used were harmful to the environment. Now, it is possible for teams large and small to use environmentally friendly, non-toxic paints for pitch markings, all thanks to companies like Bowcom who specialise in this. Whether it is for an important league game or even a local school tournament, using “green” paints makes a big difference in keeping football pitches eco-friendly.

LED Lighting

LED uses a lot less power than conventional lighting and the bulbs also last a lot longer, meaning less waste. By switching to LED for floodlights and light shows, football grounds are able to save on their overheads and also consume far less energy. Whether it is a small team needing floodlights for training after dark, or a major world class team like Bayern Munich, who power their beautiful stadium light shows with LED, then using this style of lighting makes it possible to save a lot of energy while still getting all the light needed to train or put on a spectacle for fans.

In European grounds, where the football season runs through the winter and games are often played after dark, the method of lighting up the ground is especially important. LED lighting has made pitch lighting a lot more efficient.

Recycled Pitch Turf

A lot of teams in major stadiums, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, have experimented with using turf made from recycled materials from other companies. There are various ways this is done. However, it is something that bigger stadiums are looking into more and more as a way of making their operations greener. Manchester United made a deal with a tyre company and used recycled rubber in their pitches whereas Real Madrid used pitches made by a Dutch company who reused the retired Real pitches in schools and leisure centres. Fake grass pitches have long been popular in America, but they are beginning to gain traction in Europe too due to their low maintenance and the fact they can be made in greener ways.

It is interesting to see how the sports world is embracing green technology and making efforts to ensure the grounds our favourite teams play on are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Hopefully, we will see more and more progress in this area, led by the biggest teams in the world but filtering down to even our local schools at grass roots level.

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