Planned $1.2B British Soccer Stadium to Go Green

Now that Euro 2008 is finally finished, English soccer can return to being relevant again. And INHABITAT welcomes British balling back into the news by showing sketches of a proposed stadium for the city of Portsmouth.

Proposed Portsmouth stadium

Swiss architects Herzog & De Mueron have released renderings of the pitch planned for the Portsmouth waterfront. The 36,000-seat stadium project also includes housing, an exhibition center and a community park - all for the suggested retail price of £600 million ($1.2 billion in American dough).

That might seem a bit steep, but can you really put a price on building efforts that will help save the environment?

The project will reclaim a great expanse of land from Horsea Island (a former landfill site), introducing 1.5 acres of public space. Bus, park-and-ride, pedestrian and train services will be provided to help cut down on emissions, and (the) entire island will incorporate a sustainable energy approach that will “take advantage of the different program elements to work together and ensure a low carbon emission scheme.”

Also, the proposed 750 waterfront housing units are being designed in such a way that “both interior and exterior spaces can always be naturally lit.” Unfortunately, this only works during the daytime - unless the moon is really bright that night, and it’s not raining.

We’re all for helping out Mother Nature & sending a little less CO2 into the atmosphere. But since the new Portsmouth stadium will be going green, does this mean Portsmouth F.C. will have to change its uniform colors?

Eagles cheerleaders in green bikinis

Maybe team officials can stay true to their environmental ambitions and invite the eco-friendly Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders to the stadium’s Premier League premiere.