New Mexico's famed arena recognized for green features

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The University of New Mexico's legendary basketball arena, a mid-century fixture that was modernized as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation a few years ago, is being recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Pit was built in 1966 and is one of college basketball's most famous - and loudest - buildings. Now, the council has included the arena in a report showcasing some of the most impressive green venues in the world.

The report covers efforts to transform the environmental footprint of sporting venues, convention centers and other public gathering spaces.

The council estimates that certified buildings over a three-year period will save more than $2 billion in combined energy, water and maintenance savings.

Since the renovation, The Pit has marked significant water savings and boosted energy efficiency.

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