Ziplining is adventurous, of course! But have you considered doing it across a stadium? Well, it is really crazy! Many stadiums across the world have introduced adult zip line for the public as a new adventure sport. Now, you do not have to head outside the city to get the adventure. Stadiums are one of the aptest places for ziplining because they are vast, and provide great views of the pitch and the seats below once you are on the zipline. If you are looking to grab a bit of your adrenaline, then check out these stadiums which offer the service.
- Olympic Stadium – Munich
The Flying Fox Zipline in the Olympic Stadium is one of the most unique attractions not only in the country but in all of Europe. The zipline starts from a height of 35 meters and the length of the rope extends to around 200 meters. The zipline track is specially constructed to fly across the whole stadium. Enjoy the amazing view and let your happiness and adrenaline flow to the fullest. The prices for adults at the time of writing is EUR 40 and for children, school pupils and students, it is EUR 35 per head.
- Utah Olympic Park – Utah
The Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Winter Olympics and is also the home to one of the most exciting zip lining locations in the country. There are a total of two ziplines, the Freestyle and the Extreme Ziplines available here. The former is a shorter line, less steep and a great way to warm up before you go for the latter. Also, it is the one recommended for younger kids. In the extreme zipline, the starting point is the K120 jump and the speeds on the line can tough 50 mph. This also makes it one of the steepest ziplines in the world.
- Municipal Stadium – Poland
It is the third biggest football stadium in the country and promises to offer an insane ziplining experience. It takes over 30 meters in height and the total length of the wire is 200 meters. Along with the zipline, complete safety equipment is provided and there is an experienced instructor to guide always.
- Eden Park – New Zealand
Arguably, it is the most famous stadium in all of New Zealand and it has hosted some memorable matches in its history. One of the latest attractions includes a 50m zip line that goes across the stadium at a height of 35 meters. The line starts from the roof of the stadium from where you can also catch amazing views of Mt. Eden, Sky Tower and the One Tree Hill.
- Luzhniki Stadium – Russia
One of the newest attractions in this large stadium in Russia is the zip line. A civil engineering marvel, it begins from the roof of the stadium and goes down all the way to the embankment on the steel cable. Visitors can capture stunning views from the roof and will also be allowed to walk on it when accompanied by a guide. The cable length is about 170 meters and the total duration of the zipline is around 3 minutes.
Another thing that has been a trend in the sports world is the niche industry is sustainability. In the second part of the article, we will talk about this trend and some of the stadiums that have been on the forefront on this issue. Just like the Melbourne Stadium, these stadiums are already one of the best stadiums in their respective locations and has hosted many large sporting events. Taking a step towards solving sustainability issues makes them great examples for all stadiums to follow.
The Amsterdam Arena is powered with wind and solar energy, with more than 4,200 solar panels and one wind turbine. The main building comprises an impressive energy-generating escalator and the stadium has additionally set up an energy storage system powered by second-life batteries from electric vehicles that were used.
Rainwater in the stadium roof is collected and reused to water the grass area, significantly reducing consumption of freshwater. Residual heat is used to keep frost off the playing field, a move which needs no additional energy to be wasted.
Fans are encouraged to reduce their travel emissions by using active mobility, electric trains or vehicles. The car park provides free charging points and each visitor is eligible for discounts on train tickets.
The Mercedes- Benz is the home of two famous teams and the choice venue for numerous stadium events. Last November it became the first professional sports stadium to get a platinum Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a global benchmark for measuring the sustainability of buildings.
Energy consumption is 29 per cent less than what the average stadium absorbs, because of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The stadium is equipped only with LED light and LED video boards, and so are less reliant on the grid because of 4,000 rooftop solar PV panels.
The stadium has a stormwater management system, together with the capability to store more than 2 million gallons onsite, preventing flooding in the surrounding areas. Additionally, as a result of water-efficient fixtures, the scene uses 47 per cent less water than the baseline benchmark for stadiums.
The house of the San Francisco 49ers retains two LEED certifications. In 2014, it achieved the very first Gold LEED certificate to be given in a stadium that hosts a professional team, and in 2016 it obtained another Gold certificate for maintenance and operations.
The scene has incorporated advanced sustainability elements located in Silicon Valley, such as the 1,000-plus advanced solar elements found throughout the building like three solar array-covered pedestrian energy bridges, and one solar-panelled roof deck- the NRG Solar Terrace. Additionally, it offers a 27,000 square foot”Green Roof” on the cover of the scene’s suite tower.
Because of the sustainable purchasing programme for cleaning materials and products, disposable janitorial paper products, and garbage bags, almost 86 per cent of these purchases won plaudits for fulfilling the strict sustainability criteria.
Last year, the San Francisco 49ers team was recognised from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) because of its commitment to combating climate change.
Have a look at the future stadium builts, influenced heavily by its predecessors: