Stadiums Go Green

Energy Savings at the Plug Load

The Impact

Commercial buildings aren’t the only energy drains. Stadiums and entertainment facilities are draining boatloads of energy, even when their fans go home. In fact, they consume millions of kilowatt-hours in energy. A blog published by cites that “it often takes more than 30 million kWh to power a single MLB baseball stadium for a season, or more than 3,000 average American homes use in a year.”

While some leagues are developing new stadiums to be energy efficient, others are making improvements. It is these venues in particular that are seeking energy savings solutions that will save them money and reduce their carbon footprint. More than ever, with plug load efficiency and aggressive energy targets, getting to net zero is how stadiums want to quantify their savings!

Property managers of professional stadiums are leaders in sustainability and many have had long-standing commitments to green initiatives and have been recognizes for their best practices with venue sustainability.

In a quick Google Search, one can see top 5, 10 and 25 stadiums that have made the lists indicating that they are “green” or are working towards “going green.” BOSS Controls is proud to be working with numerous stadiums to save energy and reduce carbon footprints in major professional sports stadiums including, but not limited to baseball, football, hockey, and soccer.

Saving Time, Money and Carbon

Prior to any implementation of the BOSS Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, baselines are run to understand the on/off times for each of the electrical devices in the stadiums. We already know that stadiums have sometimes thousands of monitors, and thousands of vending machines, water coolers and concession stand equipment.

With BOSS, facility managers can remotely control devices (utilizing BOSS Smart Plugs 120 V and 220V), use condition-based alert notifications, and simultaneously control and schedule devices in different areas of the buildings. And although BOSS has yet to uncover an available research study, huge operational savings – with manpower hours saved, is a given.

Top Usage Devices


Vending Machines

Water Coolers
Xcel Energy Center

Xcel Energy Center is Reducing Environmental Impact

“We have long been a champion of environmental causes and will continue to seek and implement solutions that reduce energy waste,” said Jim Ibister, VP Facility Administration, Minnesota Sports and Entertainment. “The BOSS Smart Plug deployment emphasizes our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and defines what it means to be environmentally friendly.”

Channel partner Veterans’ Unisource, based in Minnesota, recently deployed the BOSS Controls Smart Plug Solution at Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Veterans Unisource delivers expedited solutions and improved total cost in a variety of industries and product segments.

The Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, is the only NHL arena in the US to be LEED Certified. (source:

What We Did

Stadium ROI Mobile

Projected Payback Period for Energy Efficiency Smart Plug Strategy for Stadium Size of about 18,500 seats. Data is based on a baseline sampling of devices including but water coolers, vending machines, TV monitors and concession electrical equipment.

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What does your building cost to power?

Even when buildings are empty - which is about 70% of the time - they continue to use energy. Think about how that shrinks your budget. Powering these facilities is costing billions of dollars ever year.
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