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Case Study: Denver Broncos Stadium Updates Bathroom Fixtures, Sees Water Savings


When 76,125 people pack into Empower Field at Mile High, home to the NFL’s Denver Broncos, on fall Sundays, the reliability and performance of its restroom products are put to the test. The original restroom fixtures at the stadium had been in place since its opening over 20 years ago, so the facility maintenance team in Denver knew it was time to upgrade. The team had its sights set on touchless restrooms even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and selected Sloan products for the renovation—a decision that proved extremely beneficial once the pandemic hit. 

With Empower Field now operating at full capacity, Sloan products are delivering water savings, improved restroom hygiene, and impressive aesthetics to both fans and the facility maintenance team. 

Mile Hygiene 

When the facility maintenance team at Empower Field knew it was time to implement touch-free restrooms, Sloan answered the call with a variety of hands-free, hygienic solutions. Sloan’s Optima EBF-187 Sensor Faucets were installed at the concourse level, while their BASYS EFX-250 Sensor Faucets paired with SS-3103 sinks were put in place at the United Club. Both touchless faucets provide water savings as well as a sleek, modern aesthetic. Empower Field also elected to install sensor-operated, solar-powered Sloan SOLIS 8186 and 8111 Flushometers with Smart Sense Technology for controlled efficiency with every flush. The flushometer’s infrared sensor contains multiple focused, lobular sensing fields for high and low target detection. Sloan’s ST-2459 Elongated Wall-mounted Water Closets were also installed, and each water closet features SloanTec, Sloan’s proprietary hydrophobic antimicrobial glaze that inhibits the growth and buildup of germs, bacteria, mold, and more. 

“Sloan is outstanding. Their staff possesses extensive knowledge of their products," says Matt Shine, director of operations and engineering, Denver Broncos. "Since the install was completed, we’ve always been able to count on them to respond to any questions or needs that we have." 

An Easy Score for Water Savings 

The relationship between Sloan and Empower Field didn’t end with specification, as Sloan also conducted a water savings study with the stadium’s facility maintenance team. The analysis concluded that with the switch to Sloan products, Empower Field is estimated to save 277,000 gallons of water during each Broncos game. With 10 games per year, that amounts to a little under 3 million gallons saved per season, and that doesn’t even include the additional 300 events the stadium hosts on a yearly basis, including concerts, dances and even the Democratic National Convention. 

A Connected Experience 

Sloan further simplified facility maintenance at Empower Field with its SOLIS Bluetooth Flushometers, which were installed throughout the entire stadium. These sleek, modern flushometers are equipped with Sloan Connect technology, allowing the facility’s maintenance staff to wirelessly monitor the health and status of flushometers and spot potential issues before they happen. With Sloan Connect, maintenance teams can also adjust and configure the Bluetooth-connected flushometers through the Sloan Connect App on their smartphone. Additionally, facility managers can easily generate and share diagnostic reports and quickly access product technical data.

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