Major League Soccer franchise LA Galaxy has launched an in-stadium greenhouse, a chicken coop and beehives at StubHub Center.

The venture forms part of the Protect The Pitch program, a club-wide environmental sustainability initiative that was announced last year. It focuses on reducing the environmental impact of LA Galaxy games and training sessions at StubHub Center and supports environmental projects in the community.

The variety of produce and food yielded from the on-site farming will be made available at StubHub Center for athletes and staff.

Among the new sustainable programs implemented are four beehives that will produce over 800 pounds of honey each year. Additionally, 12 chickens are now housed in a dedicated chicken coop at StubHub Center and the LA Galaxy Greenhouse that will offer space for various produce.

There will also be space provided for the local community to utilise to develop produce inside the greenhouse.

As part of the initiative, various other efforts are taking place throughout the stadium, including saving water, conserving energy, and reducing waste while involving and encouraging the Galaxy fan base to support these efforts.

“We are excited to launch these sustainable initiatives that will allow us to produce various types of food in-house and continue to utilise StubHub Center in a resourceful manner,” said StubHub Center general manager Katie Pandolfo.

“Housing and facilitating a green house, bee hives and chicken coop at StubHub Center is extremely unique for a professional sports stadium. We look forward to servicing them as a means to become more self-sufficient in our operations as we continue to engage our community, save water, conserve energy and reduce waste.”