Heating an Indoor Arena

September 10th, 2015

As fall approaches, children are back in school, leaves start to change colors, and best of all—football, basketball, and hockey seasons are near! In the Northeast, temperatures drop pretty low which drives the demand for indoor stadiums. If you have been to an indoor arena, you understand how large the space can be.

Large stadiums, such as the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, can hold upwards of 75,000 fans or more. You may be wondering how such a large arena keeps everyone warm and on a budget! Below UGI EnergyLink has outlined ways to heat such a large space and which heat source could be the best option for sport arenas.

Ways to Heat an Indoor Sport Arena

Similar to heating a home or office, there are several different options when it comes to heating an arena. Heat sources such as propane, heating oil, and natural gas are the top three energy sources among facility managers.

Propane

Many people are familiar with propane that comes from a white tank, often used for grilling or stoves. Propane is a liquid that is made from natural gas and other chemicals. Because propane comes from natural gas as well as other forms of energy, it often is priced higher compared to other energy sources. Propane experiences unexpected peaks of high pricing, making it harder to budget annually. Also, because propane is made from a mixture of chemicals, it is often not as clean or as pure, natural gas. For heating such a large stadium, propane would not be the most cost effective choice.

Heating Oil

Heating oil is often imported from other countries. It is a liquid petroleum product that is used in many furnaces or boilers. Because oil is imported from unstable countries, oil prices can fluctuate often, making it difficult to budget throughout the year.

Natural Gas

Natural has is one of the cleanest forms of energy that comes from fossil fuels beneath the earth’s surface. It is a domestic energy source, meaning lower distribution costs. Because of its cleanliness, both you, your employees, and thousands of fans can breathe healthier, clean air all season.

Benefits of Natural Gas for your Indoor Arena

There are many benefits to natural gas that will not only improve air quality but will increase efficiency and reliability. Natural gas is:

  • Dependable—never worry about running out of natural gas during a big game. Natural gas is delivered through underground pipelines, so you never need to schedule deliveries like you would for heating oil or propane.
  • Energy efficient—natural gas is the most efficient source of energy, improving the functionality of your HVAC systems, cooking areas, concession stands, box offices, clubhouses, and more!
  • Domestic—natural gas is produced right here in the Northeast; therefore, you are paying less for distribution costs compared to energy sources such as heating oil.
  • Easy to switch—if you believe switching to commercial natural gas is difficult, you are mistaken. With UGI EnergyLink, all you have to do is fill out our easy enrollment form and we will help you get natural gas service for your stadium.

Contact UGI EnergyLink for Commercial Natural Gas

As one of the largest and most well-reputed natural gas suppliers on the East Coast, UGI EnergyLink can take advantage of market opportunities that can lower your arena’s monthly utility bill. We offer several pricing options that will suit your stadium’s needs.

Switch to natural gas today by filling out our simple enrollment form. If you would like to talk to a specialist, call us at 800-797-0712 today!