A few days ago, in the comment thread to this post, “teamyzerman” had this to say about summer weather conditions in Columbus, Ohio versus those in Gainesville, Florida:
August in Columbus is pretty much on par with September in Florida. I have spent a summer in Tampa and it is not much different in Columbus..maybe a few degrees warmer on average. The humidity is still terrible in C-Bus and Florida throughout the summer. The team gets ready in SEC-like weather conditions…
Somehow I doubt the good folks at OSU are making these kind of preparations for their summertime games:
… As for the early kickoff on Aug. 30, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said last week that UF would have a plan to cope with heat, similar to the one the school had for last year’s 12:30 p.m. opener.
“We’ll announce those plans as we get closer to the game,” Foley said. “We’re very sensitive to the heat. We’ll do some of the things we did last year, with the water, ice and cooling zones. Last year we had a very good experience and I’m confident we’ll have one again.”
Among the initiatives employed during last season’s opener:
* Cool misting tents in the concourses of the north, south and west sides of the stadium
* Additional fans on east side concourse
* Plastic cups with ice for free at concessions stands
* 12-ounce waters on sale at concessions stands for $1
* More than 100 water fountains operational in stadium
* Cooling buses on the east and west side to supplement aid stations
* Officers at gates looking out for fans in heat distress and directing to aid stations
And that’s just for the fans. I’ve got to figure it’s much tougher for the players. If anyone knows differently, I’d like to hear about it.