Cooler weather, shorter days and changing leaves — all signs of the approach of autumn and the return of football season. Countless Americans spend Friday evenings in high school stadiums, Saturday afternoons at college fields, and Sundays and Monday nights on the couch with friends and family cheering on their favorite teams, all while snacking on a variety of game-day foods.
But while pizza and chicken wings are great, they aren’t what make the game of football possible — it might be a surprise to learn that natural gas is responsible for much of what goes into America’s most popular sport.
Natural gas powers sports
From the jerseys players wear to the turf they run across, it’s all made possible through hydrocarbon byproducts of natural gas refinement. Even the ball itself has an interior “bladder” made of synthetic material derived from natural gas, making it possible to inflate the football (unless you’re possibly from New England).
Not only are the tools that make football possible made from natural gas, but stadiums are looking to this affordable fuel source as a more efficient replacement for other energy options. For example, Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, has invested in renewable energy sources, as well as a backup generator powered by natural gas, in an effort to become one of the first completely energy-self-sufficient stadiums.
Natural gas has shaped the sport we enjoy each fall and winter, and it continues to be a superior, reliable energy option in our modern world. Natural gas, and the increased energy infrastructure moving this important resource to markets, makes everyday life possible.