With the big game over, another football season has come and gone. That’s 53 years of great games, energetic halftime shows and way too much food. While the NFL and all its partners work hard to produce an incredible afternoon of football and entertainment, we are also working hard to produce the oil and natural gas that supports the success of such a large-scale event.
Whether you are a huge football fan or only tune in for the halftime performance, you probably aren’t thinking of all the ways the oil and gas industry made this day possible. The reality, however, is that this industry powers many aspects of the big game. For starters, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is powered by energy produced by natural gas, providing both players and fans with those ever-important replays. The industry also powers stadium lights, fuels team flights and bus travel and helps in the manufacturing of jerseys and famous foam fingers.
From the sports announcer’s sound equipment to the gear protecting the athletes and even the football itself, petroleum and natural gas-derived products are heavily present in American football. Take the critically important football helmet, for example. Though it has remained very similar since the 1980s, it has evolved by leaps and bounds since the 1900s, due in large part to the energy industry. The solid plastic structure serves as a fortress for players’ heads
That hard plastic made from polycarbonate with the help of other fossil-fuels protects the heads of every player on the field. Not only that, but the padding inside the helmets is also a petroleum product.
The oil and gas industry is responsible for so much more than a football game. From sports and equipment to medical devices and cell phones, a simple look around you shows the many ways the oil and gas industry powers our everyday lives.