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When the Scores Don’t Tally: Stadiums and Sports Sites Threatened by Water Damage

Posted on 27 June 2018 by admin (0)

It’s easy to imagine that sports fans like their venues dry and good unless it’s a water sport one that’s water themed. Below are a few sports stadiums and sites which received red cards from nature’s slippery referee.

U.S. Bank Stadium (United States): In 2016 the U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings football team, was rampaged by a Viking of a different kind. Water leaks in the snow gutter system were responsible for a pause in operations there. The snow gutter system is designed to collect snow falling off the steeply inclined roof onto a heating panel, converted to water and tunnelled away.  This damage was enormous and was projected to cost $4 million-dollar in repairs.

Tacoma Stadium Bowl (United States): In 2015 Tacoma’s Stadium Bowl was inundated with flood waters from a torrential downpour which even went as far as eroding the soil beneath a stairwell that leads into the facility. The extent of the damage was pronounced when the stadium’s managers discovered that the water had ruined the artificial turf with significant deposits of mud and debris, creating a trench-like dip at the Northern end of the bowl.

Carleton Davidson Stadium (United States): Home of the Champion City Kings but also subject to the effects of fierce rainfall. In 2017 8 cars, players’ equipment, thousands of Dollars worth of food, and the stadium’s field were devastated by water damage. Although the facility’s managers were quick to respond to the incident, it is fair to say that locals will remember this event for quite a while.

Suncorp Stadium (Australia): The Suncorp stadium which hosts three teams namely:  the Roar, Brisbane Broncos and the Queensland Reds, was victim to a hostile act of nature in 2011. The entire field looked like an Olympic-size swimming pool as intense rainfall overwhelmed the facility. Extensive structural and electronic damage required an overhaul investment worth over 16 million Australian Dollars.