Even for stadiums hosting the world’s premier football clubs and operating at something near full capacity, the venue management needs to be very conscious of the comfort of those attending sporting events, from VIPs to the mass of spectators.
Accurate temperature setting and heating control is a vital part of the comfort equation, which in turn has an effect on the atmosphere generated within the stadium. Discomfort can create tensions between supporters and spoil the enjoyment of the game or sporting event for everyone.
Investing in the best possible stadium heating solution is an important decision for those in charge of facilities, both in terms of their obligation to give a warm welcome to fans and to minimise energy costs. In each respect, gas-fired infrared radiant heaters have continually proved themselves ideal for heating football and other sports stadiums, providing energy efficient, cost effective, comfortable heat for spectators.
Working on the same principle as the sun, these heaters emit infrared waves that are converted into heat when they reach people and objects in the vicinity. This means that the air is not heated directly and heat is only applied where it is needed. Both environmental impact and heating costs are minimised through markedly reduced energy consumption, with likely energy savings of between 30% and 50% being made as compared with conventional heating systems.
Gas-fired infrared radiant heaters can be hung from stadium roof beams or catwalks for easy installation and maintenance, offering high performance heat generation supported by robust windshield protection against regular turbulences that occur beneath stadium roofs. A number of top football clubs operating in differing climatic conditions have found that gas-fired infrared radiant heating systems have fully satisfied their matchday demands; including Real Madrid, Feyen-oord, Chelsea and Fenerbahce.
The ability to accurately manage temperatures within a stadium is essential for spectator comfort. When seated in a stadium the body’s metabolic process slows down and when their body temperature sinks below 37°C people will start feeling the cold – and you can’t always rely on what’s happening out in the field to warm their spirits.
However, gas-fired radiant heaters can be designed to overcompensate for reduced metabolic activities, for instance by raising an ambient temperature of 3°C to a comfortable level of 13°C.
These stadium systems can be designed to provide multipurpose flexible heating for the venue’s entire area or for specific zones, such as cutting off a concert stage, confining heating to spectator seating or targeting specific VIP areas. Power can be easily reduced or increased as necessary and heat is rapidly distributed when and where it is needed. This creates the ideal ambience for a range of different events and venue requirements and ensures once again that energy savings are maximised.
Gas-fired infrared radiant heating systems can be designed specifically for the needs of all types of sporting venue, are exceptionally reliable, non-intrusive and distribute an even and comfortable heat.
Steve Sherman is managing director at Schwank UK