New York City Football Club (NYCFC) has announced plans for a new soccer stadium in Willets Point, Queens, set to be a beacon of sustainability in sports infrastructure. This proposed 25,000-seat stadium would be a significant addition to Major League Soccer (MLS) and New York City, as it aims to be the first fully electric stadium in the league and the city.
The ambitious project targets sustainability at every level, from match-day operations to post-event clean-up. The design incorporates recycled materials that conserve water and minimize waste, addressing the traditionally high environmental impact of sports stadiums. These venues often face challenges such as high water usage, heat absorption by large concrete structures, and excessive single-use plastics at concession stands.
A key feature of the stadium is its reliance on electric power, supported by solar panels on the roof for maximum energy generation. Energy efficiency is a priority, with intelligent systems designed to eliminate waste and a backup generator for emergencies. Water sustainability is also a focus, with a rainwater harvesting system for field irrigation and water-efficient systems like dry urinals and controlled taps.
Local sourcing of materials and fixtures is another aspect of the project, aimed at reducing transportation impacts and promoting community involvement. The construction plan emphasizes efficient insulation and natural venting to further reduce the environmental footprint.
The Willets Point development project, which includes the stadium, also plans to offer significant community benefits. These include 2,500 units of affordable housing, a 650-seat public school, 40,000 square feet of public open space, retail spaces, and a 250-room hotel. The project is currently undergoing the Uniform Land Use Review Process, with the club eager to commence construction.
NYCFC is dedicated to sustainable transportation options, enhancing its long-standing relationship with the Metro Transit Authority to ensure accessible public transport to the stadium. The club’s commitment extends to waste reduction, with plans for on-site composting and easy access to drinking water refills for fans.
In collaboration with local suppliers, NYCFC aims to influence the supply chain towards sustainable practices, enhancing the overall environmental and community impact. Mayor Adams expressed pride in NYC hosting the first fully electric stadium in MLS, a sentiment echoed by NYCFC president Bret Sims, emphasizing the club’s commitment to environmental responsibility. This project represents a significant step in integrating sustainability into sports culture and infrastructure, setting a precedent for future developments.