Dallas Cowboys’ stadium uses more electricity than Liberia, but there’s more to the story

Photo: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is working to try to alleviate worldwide energy poverty. In a plea to try to get Americans, as well as the rest of the international community, to understand exactly how little energy is even available to her relatively small country, she drew a very interesting comparison: Johnson Sirleaf claimed that the $1.2 billion haven of consumerism better known as AT&T Stadium actually uses more energy than her entire nation.

It definitely takes quite a bit more than sunshine and rainbows to power those 100-yard long HD screens, but does it really take more than a country?

Bob Brackett, an energy analyst at Bernstein Research, says that it does, but only in extremely limited spurts.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

During moments of peak demand on game day, the 80,000-seat stadium may consume up to 10 megawatts of electricity, Bernstein said. Liberia has the capacity to pump less than a third as much power into its national grid.

But with only eight games played at the stadium during regular season, peak demand levels aren’t reflective of how much electricity the stadium uses over an entire month or year. In other words, Cowboys Stadium might use more electricity than Ms. Sirleaf’s country for a few hours eight days out of the year, but it stands empty for most of the rest of the remainder.

And to think, with all that juice, the best quarterback Dallas owner Jerry Jones could find was Tony Romo.

[H/T: FTW]