While the New York Yankees have been mum on the green design features (if any, though the project is not seeking a LEED rating) at their new $1 billion stadium in the Bronx which will open up next April, Major League Baseball announced today that next month’s All-Star Game (July 15) at the current Yankee Stadium across the street will be “the greenest event in MLB’s history.” MLB executive vide president John McHale said that MLB’s “All-Star summer will demonstrate baseball’s commitment to improving the environment, and we will continue to do more in this area at the Commissioner’s Office and with our clubs.”
MLB has partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to promote environmental awareness at this year’s Midsummer Classic and today unveiled a reusable, Yankee Stadium-themed All-Star tote bag made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled content. Clean air hybrid buses will ferry fans from Grand Central and Penn Stations to the All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center, which will take place from Friday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 15. In connection with the All-Star Game, MLB is also building what it calls an “Eco-Play” playground at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx which will be constructed with 85 percent recycled-content materials. This isn’t the first time that baseball has been in the green news this season; the Washington Nationals opened up the league’s first LEED-certified stadium back in April.