What do football/soccer, basketball, ice hockey, boxing and concerts all have in common? HVAC. HVAC equipment and technicians have a much bigger hand in making major sporting events possible than you might realize. And we are proud to say that Greystone played a part in making FIFA World Cup 2022 possible as our sensors and transmitters are being used in Qatar stadiums where historic football matches are happening. FIFA World Cup in Qatar this year was hosted in 8 stadiums and 6 of them were installed with Greystone Temperature, Pressure, Humidity and CO sensors and detectors.
Why is HVAC important in stadiums?
Help your patrons breathe easy
Players and spectators both demand a comfortable experience. Without the right ventilation techniques and technology in place, stadiums can be stuffy and even unpleasant. Long term impact of poor ventilation can result in the stadium’s degrading quality, and short-term effects can be felt by those using your stadium.
Poor ventilation has been linked to several health issues, including headaches, allergies, rashes and asthma. The increased presence of impurities, such as pollutants and bacteria, also make those exposed to poor air quality more susceptible to illness.
Reduce energy cost and environmental impact
It will no doubt cost you more to heat and cool your stadium than the average residential or commercial premises, but that doesn’t mean accepting sky high energy bills. With the right HVAC system, we can lower associated energy costs in the process and at the same time lower the environmental impact.
Look after your stadium
Pitch maintenance can be particularly problematic without the right HVAC system in tow. How the space is ventilated will have a significant impact on grass growth, as world leading sports turf consultancy STRI Group details:
“Achieving optimum seating capacity and spectator comfort can be at the expense of the turf. Low light levels, poor ventilation and cooler soil temperatures cause poorer growth in seasonally shaded parts of a pitch. Furthermore, stadiums are expensive to build and maintain, and many have to operate as fully multi-use venues for economic survival. This includes having to change the playing surface from one use to another – for example by hosting non-sporting events like concerts or grand opening ceremonies for which the turf grass surface has no practical benefit. So, whilst the need to pay attention to television, spectator, and corporate requirements on the one hand underpins a successful stadium, on the other hand the simple fact remains that there still needs to be a sustainable rectangle of turf as the focal point of the stadium bowl.”