Reliable Energy Supports Baltimore Stadiums

The challenge

Since construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992 and the M&T Bank Stadium in 1998, both stadiums have leveraged the Baltimore district energy system for heating and domestic hot water.
To provide cooling and chilled water to both stadiums, its owner, the Maryland Stadium Authority, opted to construct its own onsite chilled water plant in 1997, which Veolia currently operates under an O&M agreement.

The client’s challenges are:

  • The retro-style Oriole Park at Camden Yard is currently in the process of obtaining LEED certification while M&T Bank Stadium is LEED Gold certified (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance).
  • As two of the most preeminent sports stadiums in the country, both facilities feature state-of-the-art amenities and systems, including the use of “Green Steam” from the Baltimore district heating network for heating and domestic hot water and require an efficient cooling solution to support both stadiums.

Veolia’s solution

Innovative commercial solution:

  • Construction of a chilled water plant by Maryland Stadium Authority, offering a cost-effective cooling solution

Customer targets:

  • To have an efficient system for supplying a cooling solution and chilled water to both stadiums
  • Cost-effective and practical 

The benefits for our client

Long-term support:

  • Veolia is currently serving as operator of the onsite cooling plant under an operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement, in addition to supplying both stadiums with steam under a separate long-term supply agreement.

Environmental benefits:

  • Because Veolia’s district energy network incorporates renewable “Green Steam” originating from a waste-to-energy plant, the stadiums are not only benefitting from reliable heating, but also achieving a lower carbon footprint.
  • Since 2013, the stadiums have reduced emissions by an average of 6.2 million lbs. per year – the equivalent of removing approximately 661 vehicles from the road.