Reducing Landfill Contribution
In 2022, Finley Stadium committed to a robust source recycling program at all stadium events with the support of its partners Coca-Cola Bottling Company, New Terra Compost, and World Centric.
- Every Skybox features zero-waste stations for Compost and Recyclables with the goal to achieve a 90% diversion rate in skyboxes in Fall 2023.
- All Plastic PET#1 and Aluminum from recycling bins is hand sorted. Aluminum is recycled at CMC Recycling, with generated rebates donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga to fund affordable housing repair projects. Nearly 20,000 cans have been recycled and $500 donated since the program began in July 2022.
- Finley Stadium and First Horizon Pavilion partners with events seeking to reduce their landfill contribution, most recently hosting a zero-waste (91% diversion rate) Chattanooga Marathon in March 2023 and the first-ever zero-waste (90.58% diversion rate) Finley Stadium event for Chattanooga Football Club's April 22nd, 2023 Earth Day match.
- Finley Stadium is committed to transparency and reporting of results throughout the year. Check back soon for 2023 data!
Limiting Our Footprint
When opened in 1997, Finley's North Lot housed hundreds of native plantings and a water reclamation system that featured an underground cistern to irrigate the plants. In 2001, the Tennessee Valley Authority built the largest solar farm in the Southeast to-date in the VIP Parking Lot of Finley Stadium. Needless to say, Finley Stadium was an early adapter of an environmentally conscious design. Today, the facility is continually retro commissioned through daily operations with LED lighting conversions, low-flow fixtures, energy efficient HVAC controls, and a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mindset amongst staff.
To celebrate Earth Week in 2023, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, nearly 200 native plants will be planted around the Stadium gates, sourced at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.
The First Horizon Pavilion is Chattanooga's home for arts, culture, and supporting local. The Chattanooga Market operates every Sunday May- November and has spurred the start of hundreds of small businesses produced locally made goods. The Pavilion also plays host to 25 non-profits fundraiser events annually.
Across the street, the Main Street Farmers Market is hosted weekly on Wednesdays year-round, with 50 local farmers, offering a convenient location for residents to pick-up local produce, vegetables, and meats.
As much as possible, locally sourced products are sold in Food and Beverage areas of the Stadium with an offering or local food trucks at all events.
In partnership with Chattanooga Football Club's Cause of the Night program, Finley Stadium staff volunteers multiple times a year for area causes. Most recently at a Habitat housing project in the nearby Alton Park neighborhood (pictured here!).