AtmosAir Team Helps the NHL with a Successful Launch in China

Early practices had fog on the ice.

On September 21st, in Shanghai, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL) played the first NHL game ever in China.  With Beijing hosting the 2022 winter Olympics, both the government and the NHL is hoping to build Chinese interest in hockey.  Luckily, while the game went decidedly better for the Kings, winning 5-2 over the Canucks, the NHL and the management at the Mercedes-Benz Arena (MBA) were happy that the facility was able to host the game without any issues.

From the first practice days earlier up to and even during the game, the organizers and staff were concerned the game may be stopped due to a problem unique to hockey…dense fog shrouding the ice.

At initial practices at the MBA, the high humidity of Shanghai had combined with the cold and thus low dew point of the air near the ice, leading to fog so thick that players could not be seen beyond half of the length of the ice.  After wrestling with the problem for a couple days, the general manager of the MBA, Jim Foss, reached out to Sam Michael and Joe Stern at AtmosAir, asking them to come in and take a look.

By game time, the fog had been cleaned up.

Overnight, the team at AtmosAir arranged for 25 industrial sized dehumidifiers, typically used when drying concrete, epoxy and paint in commercial buildings, to be set up throughout the arena.  Over the next 30 hours leading up to game time, the dehumidifiers would extract hundreds of gallons of water from the arena air.  Joe got the dehumidifiers blasting with minimal obstruction of fan and TV camera views.  Sam worked closely with the engineering director at MBA to decrease the volume of humid air being brought into the building.

While long time expatriate hockey fans and new Chinese fans enjoyed the beer and a great game, AtmosAir and the NHL management had their eyes closely locked on humidity sensors and the surface of the ice, looking for any signs of airborne condensation.  Only once the buzzer signaling the end of the 3rd period sounded were they able to breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the beer themselves.

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AtmosAir团队协助美国冰球联盟(NHL)在中国成功举办赛事

 

一开始训练时,冰面上雾气很重。9月21日,洛杉矶国王队和温哥华加拿大人队在上海上演了一场对决,这是NHL(美国冰球联盟)在中国的首次比赛。由于北京将要在2022年承办冬奥会,因此中国政府和NHL都希望能够培养起中国人对冰球运动的兴趣。幸运的是,尽管国王队以5比2大胜加拿大队,NHL和梅赛德斯奔驰体育馆的管理层都非常高兴能够在没有发生任何问题的情况下主办此次比赛。

从训练日第一天开始,甚至在比赛期间,主办方和工作人员都很担心一个问题,一旦冰面被浓雾笼罩,那么比赛就很有可能无法进行,这是冰球运动一个独有的要求。

一开始在梅赛德斯奔驰体育馆内训练时,上海空气中的高湿度与场内冰面附近空气的低温露点相结合,导致雾气加重,使得球员无法看清超过一半的冰面。在好几天绞尽脑汁的争论无果后,梅赛德斯奔驰体育馆的总经理Jim Foss联系并邀请了AtmosAir的Sam Michael和Joe Stern来现场勘察。

比赛前,雾气问题已得到解决。

一夜之间,AtmosAir团队安排了25台通常在商业建筑中用于混凝土、环氧树脂和涂料的工业级除湿机。在接下来直到比赛开始前的30小时里,除湿机从体育馆的空气中抽取了数百加仑的水。在此过程中,Joe负责确保除湿机尽可能不影响球迷们和各台电视摄像机的视角,而Sam则与梅赛德斯奔驰体育馆的工程总监紧密合作,减少了送入馆内的潮湿空气量。

当身在异乡的外国铁杆球迷和新生的中国球迷都在享受啤酒和精彩的比赛的时候,AtmosAir和NHL管理层却将目光牢牢锁定在湿度监测仪以及场内的冰面上,时刻关注是否有空气凝结的迹象。只有当代表第三阶段结束的蜂鸣器响起时,他们才能喝喝啤酒松口气儿。

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