ASM Global’s recent announcement of nine specific sustainability goals for its venue clients means the company is throwing its weight into the environmental movement. That weight is substantial: ASM Global counts more than 350 stadiums, arenas, theaters and convention centers in its global venue management portfolio, the largest such collection in the world.
When Austin FC worked with the city and its CapMetro public transit authority to select the site for Q2 Stadium, access to potential light-rail expansion was a key driver. That expansion is happening now through $460 million worth of mobility bonds that Austin voters approved in late 2020 and includes a new train station adjacent to the Q2 Stadium property.
The sports industry expectation of what a stadium should offer has risen significantly in recent years, leaving many executives looking longingly at the parking lots that surround many North American sports venues. Parking is not the best use of that land.
Transportation’s impact on the carbon footprint of sports venues is driving renewed focus on public transit.
Since the Colorado Rockies debuted their 600-square-foot vegetable garden at Coors Field in 2013, similar projects have sprouted throughout the major leagues, as sports organizations seek new ways to make their operations more environmentally sustainable.