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The Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City players got an unexpected shower this past Saturday, and no it wasn’t coming from the sky. Normally in match players get stopped for injuries, substitutions, or if a fan decides to run across the field, but Saturday there was an unexpected shower when the sprinklers decided to turn on in the middle of the game.

Detail of a soccer game with many players in action

Questions to ask: Why did the sprinklers turn on? Was it on the wrong timer? Potentially. Was it being managed poorly? Possibly. Could it have been avoided? Most likley. A simple action could result in many things: injuries to players, an increase in expenses, and the time to figure out what went wrong in the first place.

An Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system provides the tools necessary to manage assets from the planning stage allowing workers to identify when a problem is arising and how to fix it or prevent it from happening.

Avoiding the unexpected showers

Regular maintenance is essential to any infrastructure, and in particular, an arena or stadium that will be hosting thousands of fans. Something as simple as the sprinklers turning on at the wrong time could cost the owner quite a pretty penny. We have all done it; set our sprinklers at home to the wrong setting, but if there was a system that could regulate these malfunctions or alert us if the system is off base there would be less error and less cost associated with the mistake.

An EAM allows for a facility manager to collect and track asset details, such as equipment, parts, location, vendor contracts, and documentation. This will enable facility managers to know where their assets are at all times, who is responsible for care and begin the establishment of a maintenance history.

Stadiums whether they are new or old will need initial maintenance and inspections to determine long term repairs or initial fixes.

There is always something to be inspected prior to a game, and in the recent event, there is a good chance that didn’t happen. Daily inspections will limit cost overruns and delays that occur as a result of unscheduled repairs that may have been avoided had inspections and preventive maintenance been performed.

The average lifespan for a sports stadium or arena is between 20 and 40 years. The amount of preventive maintenance can determine whether you are on the low or high spectrum of lifespan for your facility.

EAM provides a detailed history report showing property managers the cost, frequency, and quality of repairs and maintenance that need to be performed and accurately assess cost and retirement or replacement of assets.

Short-term or long-term gains?

It ultimately comes down to do you want to gamble with the life expectancy of your assets and pay more down the road, or prepare yourself now with the tools to allow your assets to last longer and save money in the long run? It only takes one simple mistake to adjust the way you view your assets.