Heat to create solar plaza to enhance fan experience, energy efficiency
Power Source, February 7, 2015
The Miami Heat have built a reputation as a progressive franchise on more than Pat Riley’s history of creative roster moves.
Another example will become evident in the coming months as 24,000 square feet of underutilized space at AmericanAirlines Arena is transformed into a modernistic solar pavilion.
The ceiling of the pavilion will be dotted with circles ranging from 16 to 24 feet in diameter that appear as sky lights but are translucent solar panels utilizing Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar technology.
It has yet to be determined how the power generated by the panels will be utilized at the arena. The immediate benefit will be for fans attending Heat games and other arena events with the transformed east plaza providing a staging area for secondary entertainment and food and beverage concessions, said John Vidalin, the Heat’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer.
The plaza offers a picturesque view of Biscayne Bay, the cruise ship terminal and MacArthur Causeway but was not covered from the elements. The addition of the solar roof changes that.
“It’s a beautiful outdoor space that was not really that usable due to heat and rain,” Vidalin said. “The idea was to find an elegant solution to covering that space and expanding our fan activation space out beyond the main concourse.”