Keeping Football Fans Cool in the Brazilian Heat11 July 2014
Over the years soccer fans have enjoyed the FIFA World Cup in absolute comfort regardless of the host country’s climate. This is largely thanks to Reece HVAC-r supplier, TA Hydronics and their integral part in designing and installing tailored HVAC systems in over 30 World Cup venues.
For the 2014 World Cup, TA Hydronics have supplied products to nine of the World Cup stadiums:
- Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
- Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
- Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
- Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
- Arena Pernambuco, São Lourenço da Mata
- Estádio Beira Rio, Porto Alegre
- Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
- Estádio Castelão Fortaleza
- Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Let’s take a closer look at one of the largest venues TA Hydronics worked with for this year’s World Cup…
Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janiero
Brazil is widely known for its humid tropical and sub tropical climate, and as a result, the venues for this year’s World Cup needed to be capable of combating the often volatile climate without much stress on the environment or the spectator. For this project, TA Hydronics had to engineer a HVAC solution that would deliver the ideal indoor climate whilst still remaining economical to run and kind on local resources.
Originally built for the 1950 World Cup, Rio’s Maracanã stadium was due for an upgrade if it was to cope with the onslaught of spectators for this year’s World Cup. The project’s leaders directly engaged TA Hydronics off the back of successful stadium projects the company had completed previously. In line with the sustainable vision of the project leaders, a cooling system with a capacity of 10,620 kW was required to deliver the stadium’s indoor climate and temperature requirements.
The TA Hydronics team used TA Select to help them first establish the best products for the task. A range of high performance, terminal and pressure-independent temperature control valves, differential pressure controllers, pressure-maintenance devices as well as the TA-SCOPE flow and pressure measurement and diagnostics instrument were used in the project.
When the stadium was first reopened in June of 2013, an energy saving of 4% was reported and a comfortable indoor climate for all spectators successfully reached. Maracanã Stadium has since received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) environmental accreditation from the Brazilian Green Building Council.
The TA Hyrdonics team is no doubt already focused on the extreme climate challenges that face the 2018 competition in the Russian Federation and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Challenges that TA Hydronics are more than capable of overcoming.
For more information of TA Hydronic’s involvement in this years World Cup visit: http://www.tahydronics.com/en/news/football-world-cup/