GPRS helps NFL prepare for 2021 Draft Day
Author: Chase Foland, GPRS
FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, recently played host to football fans and players alike as it sponsored the first NFL Draft to ever come to the city. GPRS had the distinct honor of bringing industry-leading subsurface locating services to Cleveland and help the NFL get everything established in time for the draft.
When GPRS got the initial call from C3, the event company helping to put on and run the NFL Draft, it was because one of their engineers made a crucial mistake. While building and setting up the center stage, they didn’t think they’d need to drill bolts into the ground to keep it sturdy and supported. However, as they were erecting the stage where future NFL superstars would hold up their team’s jersey with NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell, they realized they actually needed to drill into the ground, or else the stage wouldn’t be sturdy enough. Because of GPRS’ prior relationship with both the NFL and FirstEnergy Stadium, C3 called to request their unique locating services to ensure they could safely drill into the location where the stage was going to be set.
After scanning the area with GPRS’ top-of-the-line ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, and determining it safe for drilling, C3 and their partners at FirstEnergy Stadium, were impressed with their services. Therefore, they decided to bring GPRS back to help scan the areas surrounding the stadium and the streets leading to it. For five more days, GPRS project managers and field staff performed locating services, providing safe opportunities for C3 to place temporary fencing and promotional tents for the draft. The temporary fencing stretched all the way from the stadium to adjacent roads, blocking off the area for the large, encompassing event.
While scanning the surrounding parking lot in preparation for the temporary draft fencing, GPRS staff member David Abdul found a “void” spot after scanning it with the GPR scanner. In a past project where the stadium renovated the parking lot, a field worker fell into the sinkhole and became seriously injured. Because of GPRS and the SIM-qualified project managers, they were able to detect this voidance, and protect other workers and fencing personnel from becoming seriously injured and prevent costly damages in the lot where the fencing would be placed.
The rest of the job went smoothly, and due to GPRS, C3 and NFL partners were able to successfully create a safe and exciting environment to hold the 2021 NFL Draft.