Texas Business reports: Denton—A Dallas firm is designing what is claimed to be the first alternative energy system for a college football stadium.
When opened in September 2011, the stadium – designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group – will be the first new collegiate venue incorporating onsite renewable energy through the use of wind turbine power, officials said.
UNT was awarded a $2 million grant by the State Energy Conservation Office for the installation of three wind turbines that will provide electricity to the energy grid which provides power to the new stadium and other buildings on the west side of Interstate 35E.
“These wind turbines will give UNT a trifecta of benefits,” said HKS DesignGreen executive Chris Mundell in prepared statement. “They will be an innovative educational tool for UNT students and faculty. The turbines will also be a symbol of sustainability for all the stadium’s spectators. Lastly, they help offset energy consumption of the new stadium, making it one of the most energy efficient in the country.”
The firm estimates the three wind turbines will offset the energy consumption of Mean Green Village, the area of campus surrounding the new stadium, by about 6 percent and eliminate 323 metric tons of CO2 being emitted annually.
A web-based monitoring system will provide details on energy production, carbon reduction statistics and empirical data that can be used for both educational and research purposes at UNT.
The 30,000-seat UNT stadium will feature luxury suites, an amenity-filled club level, a Spirit Store, a corporate deck and a Touchdown Terrace. The new stadium, which replaces the 57-year-old Fouts Field, is designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group.
HKS Sports & Entertainment Group’s projects include Cowboys Stadium, Metrodome Next Venue, Liverpool FC Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium and Miller Park. HKS, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, operates from 23 offices worldwide.