For the Community, for the Environment: Nike’s Fully Refurbished Nathaniel Traz Powell Stadium in Miami

Kicking off a new chapter

 

As the world prepared for Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Nike wanted to leave a legacy in the city with the newly renovated Traz Powell Stadium, providing local athletes with access to safe places to play and train. The stadium, one of our most sustainable Nike-designed football fields, minimizes its environmental footprint and is designed for today’s athletes and for future generations. Throughout the track and field, stadium, press box and locker rooms, this mindful approach extends to the materials, waste system, lighting and surrounding greenery.

 

Refurbished courts and stadiums – like the new Nathaniel Traz Powell – can inspire the surrounding community to get outside and play more. Nike invests in community partners, schools and grassroots programs to provide more opportunities for play and sport.

A better place to play

 

A sport landmark in the community, more NFL players have called Traz Powell Stadium their home field than any other – Teddy Bridgewater, Dalvin Cook, Amari Cooper, Duke Johnson, Xavier Rhodes, Allen Hurns and Devonta Freeman are just a few.

 

In collaboration with renowned local artists Michael Vasquez, Alejandra Estefania, Magnus Sodamin and Mojo, the new Traz Powell Stadium features vibrant murals that celebrate the stadium’s rich history and legendary alumni.

 

The new field features 282,000 lbs. of Nike Grind Infill — rubber material recovered from the manufacturing of Nike footwear and recycled into granules to maximize playability and reduce waste.

 

The new stadium incorporated LED and eco-friendly lighting throughout. New trees and landscaping also surround Traz Powell’s entry.

Inspired by a legend’s pursuit of excellence

 

Celebrating  mentors and coaches everywhere as well as athletes, the stadium is named after the Miami sports legend Nathaniel “Traz” Powell, who inspired so many to reach for excellence and pursue a positive way of life. Known for being a standout athlete — first at Booker T. Washington High School in the early ‘40s and then playing at Florida A&M, where he was the first African American to score at the Orange Bowl in 1947 — he was also a brilliant high school head coach, racking up 6 state titles and compiling a 167-37-3 record in his 21 years as coach.

 

Appropriately named, this football complex is the home field for seven local high school teams in the Miami-Dade School District — Miami Northwestern, Booker T. Washington, Miami Central (all three being state championship winners) and Norland, American, Carol City and Jackson.

Throughout the stadium are elements that reflect each of the schools’ respective team identities. The first of these is a color splash of LED lighting seen underneath these bleachers — in resting state, the Miami-Dade blue, and during Friday night lights, the color of the playing home team.

 

To learn more about how Nike helps create active communities click here.

 

To learn more about Nike’s efforts to protect the environment click here.

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