Special Report

The Most Eco-Friendly Teams in the NFL

25. Buffalo Bills (tied)
> Stadium: Highmark Stadium
> Stadium ranking: Tier 5

Highmark Stadium opened in 1973 and is home to the infamous Bills Mafia. The stadium has never used real grass and for a while used AstroTurf to survive the harsh Buffalo winter. However, in 2011 it transitioned to A-Turf Titan, a similar turf product. Over the years the stadium has seen a steady stream of upgrades that have made it modern and greener including an LED jumbotron and LED screens throughout the stadium.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (tied)
> Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
> Stadium ranking: Tier 5

A survey by Gamblers’ Pick included in their rankings found that Cincinnati Bengals fans were the most interested fans when it comes to having a green stadium with 83.3% expressing support. However, currently Paul Brown stadium is in the fifth tier for sustainability. The stadium sports two large LED displays and other smaller ones throughout.

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25. Denver Broncos (tied)
> Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
> Stadium ranking: Tier 5

Opened in 2001, Mile High Stadium gets its nickname for the city’s excessive elevation. It is considered one of the most difficult stadiums to play in because of the complications from competing at altitude. The stadium added a massive LED display board on the stadium’s south endzone and the venue is currently undergoing upgrades to add LED lighting and bring it in line with FIFA requirements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (tied)
> Stadium: TIAA Bank Field
> Stadium ranking: Tier 5

The stadium was opened in 1995 and has seen considerable upgrades over the years since. On top of being an NFL stadium, TIAA Bank Field is one of the venues used by the United States men’s soccer team. The stadium has also been to host the Superbowl and is the annual host of college football rivalry games between the University of Georgia and University of Florida. Renovations saw the stadium add two massive LED screens above both endzones.

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25. Las Vegas Raiders (tied)
> Stadium: Allegiant Stadium
> Stadium ranking: Tier 5

One of the newest stadiums in the NFL, Allegiant Stadium opened in 2020 but still only makes it into the fifth tier for sustainability. The domed stadium provides some escape from the intense Las Vegas heat and tries to manage cooling through sustainable means like LED lighting and solar panels. The stadium uses both natural grass and artificial turf as the Raiders prefer grass but UNLV also uses the stadium and prefers turf. A built-in system allows the stadium to switch between the two surfaces without disturbing either.

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