Brightline - soon to be Virgin Trains USA - helped launch the 2019-2020 football season with a special tailgate party in the Virgin Miami Central Select Lounge.

The event, hosted in partnership with The Everglades Foundation and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, drew more than 200 VIP’s to watch the Los Angeles Rams play for the Seattle Seahawks – many making their way to the event aboard Virgin Trains USA.

The theme of the event, “Florida: The State of Play”, drew attention to the crucial link between the Everglades restoration and Florida’s reputation as a sporting paradise. The event also highlighted The Everglades Foundation’s role as a key partner in Ocean to Everglades (O2E) – the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee’s environmental initiative for the 54th Super Bowl.  

Virgin Trains USA, Super Bowl
Rodney Barreto, Chairman and President of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, Patrick Goddard, President of Virgin Trains; Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation with the Vince Lombardi Trophy won by the 1972 Dolphins.

O2E will work throughout the season to shine a Super Bowl spotlight on South Florida’s unique natural environment. O2E partners will be working together to create awareness of South Florida’s environmental challenges  – particularly water pollution and sea level rise –  and seize opportunities to address them.

Virgin MiamiCentral provided the state-of-the-art event spaces, which proudly features Florida Power & Light SolarNow trees. These trees provided emissions-free power for the grid and shade for guests during the tailgate party. Each solar tree is capable of producing up to three kilowatts of solar energy, enough to power an electric vehicle for 15,000 miles per year.

Virgin Trains USA, Super Bowl
All Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains stations, were lit in green and blue in celebration of the Everglades Foundation. The Fort Lauderdale station is pictured here.

Virgin Trains USA’s partnership with Florida Power & Light SolarNow also includes working together for the company’s biodiesel fuel provision – allowing each trainset to meet the highest emissions standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Since its inception, Virgin Trains USA (originally Brightline) has reduced CO2 emissions by 15 million pounds, removed 750,000 fuel gallons from the road, and saved time-strapped commuters a cumulative 76 years.

Keep up to date on all things Virgin Trains USA as they work to change the travel game for good.