Australia has a proud sporting heritage, and is home to some of the most famous stadiums in the Southern Hemisphere. After all, it’s hard to imagine an Australian summer without a game of cricket being played at the MCG.
As hosts to some of the country’s most important sports matches, high-profile concerts and other large events, these arenas are a focal point for millions of people. However, this also means they’re a hotbed of electricity use and, in many cases, could benefit from renewable energy additions.
With the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games prompting significant infrastructure expansion, project managers still have plenty of opportunity to add this technology to their developments.
Brazilian construction sets the standard
Recently, Brazil was in a similar position to what Queensland is in now, with the region preparing for a major international sporting event. In Brazil’s case, the country was getting ready for one of the world’s largest, as it was tasked with playing host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA offers a range of guidelines for the designers who are in charge of preparing stadiums to host World Cup matches. Where possible, FIFA encourages projects to be completed to internationally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
To ensure these goals are met, the organisation provides courses and other educational resources for stadium operators to learn from.
In the case of the National Stadium Brasilia design, completed by Castro Mello Architects, the construction came complete with solar panels around the outer rim of its roof.
How will Australia meet this challenge?
The series of projects necessary to prepare the Gold Coast region for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will demand considerable investment to ensure they’re completed in time for the Games. On top of this, they also illustrate the potential for Australia’s sporting infrastructure to be supported by renewable energy installations.
However, there’s already a project in Queensland leading the way for sports stadiums that embraces solar power systems. Metricon Stadium pays host to the Gold Coast Suns, the region’s AFL team, and is an example of sustainable design in this sector.
As it stands, the construction is home to nearly 600 solar panel modules, all of which feed energy back into the state’s grid. Each year, Metricon stadium generates almost 300,000 kilowatt hours of solar power.
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