Open-air venues offer fans the special experience of enjoying a game while still experiencing the natural climate. During hot summer months, or crisp autumn nights, fans piling into the pro venue can make the most of great weather as they settle in for a game. While warm breezes can set the right tone for an outing, open-air pro venues face a unique set of challenges that come with being exposed to the elements.

The volatile and oftentimes unpredictable nature of weather makes it difficult for staff to foresee the severity of an incoming storm. Their existing monitoring systems do not have built in alerting, leaving teams in the dark about the storm’s proximity to the stadium and its potential impact. The inability to properly assess the intensity of a storm impacts stadium staff’s opportunity to take preemptive action to keep fans safe.

While current NCAA rules allow teams to play in rain, sleet or snow, operations teams have to make the call if weather conditions require the need to shepherd fans out of the storm. Acting too late in heavy rain or snowfall will lead to blocked, slippery pathways causing serious problems and injuries as fans rush to seek shelter in the stadium.

Rules regarding lightning are more strict and require immediate action. The NCAA mandates game stoppage for lightning strikes within an 8 mile radius of the stadium, making it imperative that staff know when and where a strike occurs. This poses a serious challenge to operations teams who have no way of pinpointing the exact location of a strike on their existing systems. Staff always act in the best interest of fans to protect them, but calling a game prematurely for lightning can leave attendees frustrated over the decision.

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In order to make the most informed decision in high stakes scenarios like these, operations teams need a common operational picture that consolidates their existing systems. Live Earth is an IoT visualization platform that seamlessly stitches together data feeds in real-time. The platform comes with data overlays such as weather satellite and radar, lightning, traffic flow and incidents and public transit, adding valuable context to operations teams existing systems.

This holistic view gives staff actionable insight to everything happening in and around the pro venue. The platform offers customizable alerts, which send real-time notifications via email, text, or in the Live Earth platform. These alerting features provide the most relevant information to teams, empowering them to make the right decision each time.

Pro venues staff face the challenge of keeping fans secure on event days while ensuring they have a good time. Operations teams, pressed to make the right call every time, can benefit from Live Earth’s common operational view and advanced alerting. This ensures that staff, pressed to make the right call every time, can focus on situations that need immediate attention. Live Earth provides greater actionable insight, which can help operations managers streamline operations, mitigate costs, and ultimately, improve fan safety and enjoyment of the event.

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