SubAir ushers in revolutionary technology for cricket stadiums
- Tuesday, 03 May 2016 18:43
Hyderabad (India), Apr.20 (ANI-Businesswire India):”Match called off / delayed at Chinnaswamy Stadium due to wet outfield”. This headline which appeared quite often will soon be a thing of the past.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), after vigorous research and technical evaluation, decided to install the next-generation subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system from SubAir, USA at Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore) making it the first ever installation of SubAir Systems for Cricket stadiums worldwide.
KSCA Hon. Secretary Brijesh Patel said, “KSCA strives to introduce latest technologies in the interest of the game and the fans. Everyone understands that when it rains, it is an act of God.but once it stops raining, it will be inexcusable to delay or cancel a game due to a wet outfield. With this high-tech solution from SubAir, fastest resumption of the game is now possible.”
The SubAir system automatically kicks into action the minute it starts raining, thereby not allowing any buildup of water on the outfield. It quickly removes standing water (36 times faster than drainage by gravity!) virtually eliminating the need for extended game delays or cancellations due to wet outfield conditions.
The SubAir Sport System would also provide the curators at Chinnaswamy Stadium the ability to promote healthier, stronger, and safer turf. With its aeration function that operates round the clock, the SubAir system provides an optimal growing environment for the root zone, thereby minimizing turf diseases, algae, excessive thatch and black layer.
The aeration function also helps in reducing the surface temperature on the turf, making it more comfortable for the players.
Hyderabad based Great Sports Infra, South Asia’s leading provider of turnkey solutions for sports infrastructure and also the exclusive licensee of SubAir for Cricket stadiums worldwide has been contracted for this project. The scope also includes renovation of the outfield along the lines of USGA standards. This includes a sub-surface network of perforated pipes for aeration and drainage, in a closed loop system and connected to the SubAir Sport System.
The combination of this sub-base design and the SubAir system helps optimize the use of water needed for the turf, as well as capture the entire rainwater or any excess irrigation and redirect it completely for rain water harvesting.
Anil Kumar, Managing Director of Great Sports Infra says, “We are glad to provide the SubAir aeration and water evacuation technology to KSCA, which will make it the most modern outfield in the cricketing world. Considering that millions of dollars are at risk when a match gets cancelled due to a wet outfield, KSCA has shown great vision in pioneering the use of this next generation technology. Many other cricket stadiums are now interested in adopting the same for their modernization plans.”
Kevin Crowe, Senior Vice President at SubAir says, “SubAir has proven itself across various sports like Baseball, Soccer, Rugby, Golf etc. This system is used at some of the best stadiums worldwide and has over 500 installations. It has also been used for the NFL, 2014 FIFA World Cup (Brazil) and would also be in use in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia (2018).”
Currently, there is no scientific measurement of actionable data related to salinity, temperature and moisture content. The SubAir system acquires data from all over the field through embedded wireless sensors, and then takes appropriate corrective action keeping the field healthy and in optimal conditions, fostering stronger roots and turf. (ANI-Businesswire India)
AT&T Park’s Custom SubAir System Minimizes Potential Game Delays Due to Rain
- Friday, 24 October 2014 14:44
AT&T Park’s Custom SubAir System Minimizes Potential Game Delays Due to Rain
With a chance of rain over the weekend in San Francisco, MLB World Series fans can rest easy knowing that the custom designed SubAir System installed at AT&T Park will keep the turf dry and safe while keeping the World Series games on schedule.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a chance of rain over the weekend in San Francisco, MLB World Series fans can rest easy knowing that the custom designed SubAir System (http://subairsystems.com/) installed at AT&T Park will keep the turf dry and safe while keeping the World Series games on schedule.
The San Francisco Giant’s AT&T Park uses SubAir’s Sport Elite System, which has been customized for AT&T Park in order to control soil moisture, temperature, and salinity without changing the stadium’s existing infrastructure. By controlling these soil conditions, the System easily and quickly removes excess moisture caused by rain, keeping the field dry and safe for players. Utilizing wireless sensors, the automated SubAir system recognizes when there are changes in the soil and automatically adjusts to maintain optimum growing conditions, keeping the field healthy and dry, fostering stronger roots and turf. The System’s vacuum mode quickly removes standing water, virtually eliminating the need for extended game delays or cancellations due to field conditions.
All SubAir Systems are entirely custom built to meet the specific needs of a field or stadium. For AT&T Park, SubAir’s in house engineers designed the System around the existing stadium infrastructure in order to provide the highest quality agronomic performance, while being housed beneath the stadium seating. SubAir’s in house metal fabrication team developed noise-reducing cowling to put over the system’s control center. SubAir’s staff of engineers and agronomists work with preexisting, under construction, or in-concept designs to create a System completely unique to an individual operation’s needs. SubAir Systems have been showcased worldwide, more recently at Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Sao Paula Sport Club Corinthians Paulista 2014 World Cup fields, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, amongst many others.
Greg Elliot, the Director of Field Operations at AT&T Park, understands the importance of this technology in high-visibility events such as the World Series, emphasizing “the return on the investment is the opportunity to protect a baseball game from losing the gate and an opportunity to host more events because we can recover quicker and not affect the baseball field.”
For more information on the SubAir Systems technologies or business inquiries, contact Kevin Crowe, Senior VP and Agronomist at (803) 641-6663 or Kevin.Crowe@subairsystems.com. See all SubAir options
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Artificial Turf & SubAir. The Benefits of a Natural System.
- Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:57
There is often a notable difference between the grass you might find between your toes on the lawn, and that which you’ll find kicked under the cleats of your first round draft pick on any given Sunday. At times the difference is more than a organic. Sometimes it’s chemical.
In a world where the modern technology is on the rise, it can be surprising to see movements like “Go Green” gaining president in todays society, but it turns out people still appreciate something real over something easy. The same can be said for many things, including grass, or its artificial counterpart. Turf.
Artificial turf is usually made of a polyethylene plastic grass on a foundation of rubber made of ground up recycled tires. There can be as many as 10,000 tires under the turf of a single sports field. All that black rubber can get hot. At the university of Missouri, an expert found that on a 98-degree day the surface temperature of the turf reaches as high as 173 degrees. Even the temperature at about the height of an average man was 138 degrees.
The rubber and plastic materials used to create artificial turf give a good bit more grip than natural grass. This is responsible for a term called “turf burn.” This comes from athletes falling on the traction surface and burning themselves from the friction created. Turf can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and requires cleaning and maintenance to prevent growth. pairing these two ideas together can create some serious infections on those burn sites. In fact, a study was performed on the St. Louis Rams that revealed 8 out of 8 of the infected burn sites from players on the team came from turf burn.
SubAir’s system optimizes the effectiveness of natural turf.