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Energy use on the football field

On the gridiron, Fluke tools support the teams

October 2014

Football takes a lot of energy - and not just from the players on the field.

During moments on game day in Dallas, AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) can consume up to 10 megawatts of electricity, according to the The Wall Street Journal. Among the reasons: the stadium is one of the largest air-conditioned rooms in the world.

It's not just the lights and the scoreboard that contribute to the high use of energy. During the 2012-2013 season, the University of Arkansas Razorback Stadium racked up an electric bill of more than $500,000, much of it from less-visible uses.

In some places, such as Lincoln Financial Field where the Philadelphia Eagles play, there's a winning mix of wind, biodiesel, and solar. The plan is for it to be the first stadium capable of generating all of its own electricity.

During a game, the communication system - data networks, telephone systems, PBXs, main distribution frame - must be powered up and working reliably. That reliability starts with available power. Voltage must be correct, current flow ample, and bonding and grounding up to par.

To measure and monitor energy use, to troubleshoot, and to find ways to lower the energy cost, Fluke tools are in the game. For example, some stadium spaces might have 120 V and others 240. To check voltage, digital multimeters are essential. Multimeters and clamp meters can be used on a test bench to view and calculate the amperage needed to run systems. It's important to check grounding, to verify that everything is properly grounded through the system.

And may the best team win.

Informative links

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