How The New England Patriots Used Tomorrow.io to Manage The Field and Keep People Safe at Gillette Stadium During The 2019 Season
No team in the NFL has played more home games over the past 6 seasons than the New England Patriots, playing 11 or 12 games each of those seasons including playoffs and pre-season. While that’s great news for fans, it only intensifies the operational toll being taken on the event management team and demands a precise operations strategy.
Before Tomorrow.io, the team was dealing with a number of operational challenges, including field management specific to water saturation and fan safety during lightning storms.
A few highlights from The New England Patriots using Tomorrow.io to date include:
Solution: The Patriots implemented Tomorrow.io to sync incoming weather conditions with field management protocols to know the best time to program their smart water system, when to paint the field, and how to better plan for snow.
Solution: The Patriots implemented Tomorrow.io's hyperlocal weather technology to know exactly where lightning would be and when. They were then able to take that information, turn it into insights and apply actionable operational protocols. Now, when lightning is 5 or 10 miles away, action plans are automatically put into motion across all necessary internal teams.
“If lightning is going to touch down on the property, we need to know about the threat in advance – we need to get everyone to sheltered areas so that they are protected from the elements. Tomorrow.io’s tool tells us when to expect a weather event and when it will pass us.”