Last week PETA followed up their list of top NBA arenas for vegetarians with the release of the most vegetarian-friendly NFL and MLB stadiums in the country. The lists, which reward those facilities that provide the greatest diversity and quality of vegetarian options, prominently feature Green Sports Alliance members among the honorees. Two of the top five NFL stadiums (and all four honorable mentions) and five of the top ten MLB ballparks are Alliance members, including the number-one venues in both sports.
In football, PETA rated Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field as the top place for vegetarians to attend an NFL game. Detroit’s Ford Field was also ranked among the top five stadiums, with Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome and MetLife Stadium, which houses the New York Giants and Jets and will play host to next year’s Super Bowl.
For the second year in a row, another Philadelphia venue, Citizens Bank Park, topped the list for MLB ballparks. AT&T Park, home of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, placed fourth in the rankings. Other Alliance members in PETA’s top ten included Seattle’s Safeco Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and San Diego’s PETCO Park.
Those attending the 2013 Green Sports Summit in New York will have the opportunity to sample the vegetarian options at another of the top ten MLB venues when they tour Citi Field, home of the Mets, on August 28. Attendees will also have a chance to discuss the topic of healthy food options at sports venues during the Eating Like the Athletes: Providing local, healthier food options at sports venues roundtable session. Check out the complete Summit program here.
Read the full list of vegetarian-friendly NFL venues here.
Read the full list of vegetarian-friendly MLB venues here.
Valentino Rossi, the six-time Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme MotoGP world champion, was named the newest member of the FIM Environmental Ambassadors’ Team last week. Organized in June 2012 as part of the world motorcycle racing governing body’s platform for World Environment Day, the Environmental Ambassador program utilizes the recognition of high-profile motorcycle racers to increase fan engagement with environmental policy.
Rossi becomes the sixth racer invited into the program. He becomes the first new initiate beyond the original invitees — former 125cc and Moto2 world champion Marc Márquez, 11-time women’s time trial world champion Laia Sanz, men’s time trial champion Takahisha Fujinami, motocross star Ken Roczen and fellow MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet.
After the announcement, he said of the honor, “As a rider I want to commit to helping our world to make one step forward in terms of sustainability. I will play my role and I will help motorcycle racing to adapt itself to the needs of our environment.”
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Corporations have long recognized the value of sports sponsorship to introduce their businesses to the public. As the green movement continues to grow among sports leagues and teams, corporations with a vested interest in sustainability have increasingly recognized that their sponsorship can have a symbiotic economic and ecological benefit in their relations with franchises. Here is a sampling of recent eco-sponsorships that stand to provide benefits for the corporations and teams that have formed alliances:
- Irish waste-management company Oxigen Environmental has partnered with the Curragh Racecourse, home of the Irish Derby and other key European horse races, as a sponsor for the June 30 Pretty Polly Stakes. “We are delighted to partner the Curragh Racecourse as their waste management partner and will actively work together on a range of environmentally sustainable green initiatives,” Sean Doyle, the chairman of Oxigen Environmental, said after the May 29 announcement. Added Curragh Racecourse general manager Paul Hensey, “We will endeavor to ensure that this initiative makes a positive impact on our economy, our society and our environment.”
- Sausalito-based bottled water company Fred Water, created in 2005 with a mission to support reuse and upcycling of their uniquely-shaped bottles, has started to sponsor skateboarding companies and venues and defending America’s Cup champion Oracle TeamUSA. “Not only is Fred Water keeping us hydrated, but the concept of refillable bottles makes the relationship even more meaningful,” Oracle Team USA CEO Russell Coutts said about the partnership. “We love that Fred Water has its eye on the environment and is putting its efforts where the passion is.”
- Eco-Absorb, a purveyor of environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, extended its partnership as a sponsor of the Jim Dunn Racing team’s Dodge Funny Car for the National Hot Rod Association’s summer series. “The team has shown incredible support of our company and our products,” Eco-Absorb founder and CEO Michael Shannon said after the announcement. “NHRA racing has moved us forward by giving us recognition in the automotive industry as well as exposing us to the general public. We believe our partnership with Jim Dunn Racing has brought a greater environmental awareness to the team as well as the fans.”