Home Park Stadium Listed Among Global Giants for Prestigious Award
Home Park Stadium’s central contribution towards Plymouth’s COVID recovery has been recognised with a nomination at the prestigious Stadium Business Awards 2022.
Home Park and Plymouth Argyle FC have been listed alongside some of the world’s biggest stadia for the Sustainability & Community award, up against the likes of the Allegiant Stadium of the Las Vegas Raiders, Wolfsburg FC’s Volkswagen Arena, Los Angeles Rams’ SoFi Arena and Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand – the venue of the Rugby World Cup final of 2011.
The stadium was shortlisted following a significant and wide-ranging effort to play a role in the community’s fightback from the impact of the pandemic, with Home Park serving initially as an antenatal and phlebotomy centre in the early stages of the COVID lockdown, before going on to become a mass vaccination centre, with Argyle supporting the NHS in delivering over 500,000 Covid-19 vaccinations to date.
Home Park has also served as a vital base for many community support initiatives, including Argyle Community Trust food parcel deliveries to those in need, as well as community welfare programmes combatting isolation exacerbated by social distancing.
The club’s nomination also recognises the huge steps forward in Argyle’s environmental efforts, which include the installation of energy efficient lighting around the stadium, a food waste partnership with Too Good to Go, and the publication of an all-encompassing Environmental and Energy Plan, which sees Argyle aim to meet the UNFCC’s net zero target by 2050.
Plymouth Argyle Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Parkinson, said: “For Home Park to be shortlisted alongside some of the world’s largest and best-known stadia is testament to the hard work of everyone at Argyle, and the brilliant work of many of our partners in supporting the local community.
“Everyone involved with Argyle understands the importance of representing our region, in both values and deeds. To receive recognition of this level is a wonderful achievement and we should all be proud of our work in challenging times.”
The award winner will be announced on the evening of 5 July at at ceremony in Manchester.
To read the full list of categories and nominees, click here.