Officials at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens Swalec Stadium have announced a radical new plan to prevent matches being lost to rain during the 2017 Champion’s trophy.
With historical figures suggesting a worrying 63% chance of a downpour during June in the city, organisers have taken the decision to install an experimental new Anti-Rain system at the ground for the duration of the tournament.
Incorporating giant fans attached to the upper end of the existing floodlight towers, the ‘RAIN no MORE’ technology works by scanning the surrounding skyline for signs of possible precipitation and activates targeted gusts of air to divert clouds around the ground
“It’s an amazing system,” said commercial officer Gareth Jones. “It sounds crazy but it works” he explained.
Managing Director of ‘RAIN no MORE’ explained a little more of the science behind this potentially revolutionary product; “RAIN no MORE is incredibly sophisticated,” he explained. “Each of our specially designed fans can generate a gust in excess of 100mph.” he said “The radar sensor, mounted on the top of the product, scans the surrounding skies, assessing a 360 degree area 25 times a minute. Measuring the level of water molecules in the clouds in seconds, once the RAIN no MORE system picks up a level of moisture above acceptable levels, it initiates a extremely fast, narrow band of air in the direction of the threat and guides it safely away from the venue”.
Financial chiefs at the ECB and organisers of the Champion’s trophy are said to be extremely excited by the technology. One spokesperson for the governing body said “It’s great. We all know it rains most of the time in Wales and we’ve taken quite a large risk bringing the competition here. If this works as well as it claims, it could have a major impact of the financial success of this and other grounds.
The RAIN no MORE system is set to be installed during May, in readiness for the first game at Sophia Gardens on 6th June.