After furnishing Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., with advanced water boosting technology in 2011, Grundfos expanded its support of the Sporting Kansas City Soccer Club with a sponsorship of the team’s grounds crew.
The Sporting Park Grounds Crew has been be renamed the “Grundfos Grounds Crew,” and crew uniforms have been co-branded with the Grundfos and Sporting KC logos.
The Grundfos Crew consists of seven members who are solely focused on the preparation, upkeep and maintenance of the Sporting Park playing surface. The crew can be seen throughout the game watering and replacing divots to ensure that the field remains pristine as well as safe for players.
“In addition to what Grundfos technology does for us behind the scenes, we are excited to form a long-term, strategic alignment with an industry leader in pump solutions,” said Jamie, Guin, vice president of Corporate Partnerships for Sporting Kansas City. “We are proud to have Grundfos as an official marketing partner and presenting partner of the Grundfos Grounds Crew.”
Along with sponsoring the stadium’s grounds, Grundfos is also responsible for providing energy-efficient operation for all the facility’s water fixtures. In 2011, a Grundfos BoosterpaQ Hydro MPC System was installed in Livestrong Sporting Park to handle huge volumes of demand while maintaining constant water pressure.
"The Grundfos pumps installed at Sporting Park have provided us not only with precise water pressure, but have also assisted us in becoming more efficient from an operations standpoint,” Guin said. “Grundfos pumps have played a vital role in the overall pristine image of Sporting Park, which is arguably the nicest stadium in North America.”
The 342,000 square foot stadium seats more than 18,000 fans for soccer games and more than 25,000 for concerts. The highest water flow demand occurs at intermission or halftime and requires a “worst case” capacity of 1,200 gallons per minute.
“Grundfos is very committed to our local communities,” said Dennis Wierzbicki, president of Kansas City-based Grundfos USA. “We were thrilled to have our technology play such an important role in providing a comfortable game-day experience for thousands of fans, and we are excited that we have taken our support further to work closely with the skilled people who maintain Sporting KC’s facilities and playing field.”