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International Trends


High-profile Sporting Events in Brazil Benefit From Rain Bird Irrigation Systems By Lynette Von Minden


While all irrigation projects have their unique challenges, few experience the intense scrutiny that accompanies projects associated with global sporting events. The pressure to have nearly perfect, green, healthy, playable sports fields and surrounding landscapes is at its pinnacle on the international stage with events watched by millions worldwide. Over the past few years, Rain Bird experienced this type of pressure firsthand, successfully providing irrigation systems for not one, but two, multiweek international sporting events in Brazil.


International Soccer Tournament


Between September 2012 and January 2014, a total of 11 regional soccer stadiums were constructed to host the largest


international soccer tournament, all of which had Rain Bird irrigation systems installed to keep their turf in top condition.


“The sports turf managers at these stadiums were focused on providing the absolute best playing surface for elite soccer athletes,” said Jose Giacoia Neto, Rain Bird Brazil’s international business manager. “Obviously, irrigation is a key element of soccer field maintenance.”


The first Brazilian stadium to install an irrigation system was Castelão Stadium located in the city of Fortaleza in September of 2012. Over the next year, Rain Bird signed on 10 more stadiums in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Manaus, Natal, Recife and Curitiba.


Global Multiweek Sporting Event


In 2016, Rain Bird irrigation systems were in the spotlight once again, as Brazil prepared to host what is perhaps the world’s most famous multiweek sporting event — the Olympic Games. The Barra Athletes’ Housing Complex, Barra Sports Park Complex, the equestrian cross-country course, the field hockey and rugby pitches, and Madureira Park in Rio de Janeiro installed Rain Bird products. Other areas within the city of Rio de Janeiro, including Tomorrow’s Museum and Downtown Boulevard, were also renovated with irrigation systems in anticipation of the thousands of international visitors that were soon to converge upon the city.


Stadium in Brasilia, 2014


36 Irrigation TODAY | April 2017


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