MLB All-Star Wrap-Up: CAT Entertainment Services Braves the Heat To Keep Trucks Powered
With temperatures in Washington topping out at 98 degrees on Monday, CAT Entertainment Services (CES) was put to the test at the MLB All-Star festivities. As the provider of generator power, distribution, and technical services for ESPN, Fox, and MLB Network, CES was tasked with keeping the power on and the crew cool at one of the hottest MLB All-Star weeks in memory.
“We knew it was going to be hot, but we didn’t know it would be to this extent,” says Bobby De Luna, account executive, CES. “It’s been a challenge, and we had to make some adjustments and add some power systems. But, overall, so much planning went into the power-systems side of this show that we were okay.”
As part of a resiliency plan, CES supplied three separate redundant systems providing a total of 540 kVA of UPS-delivered power to drive the production compound. To ensure redundancy, a completely different system was used to power the Fox Sports trucks in the main compound at the park’s truck docks and to power the MLB compound outside.
On Monday, when the heat became too extreme, CES was forced take the environmental systems of the trucks off the house power and put them on a redundant source, a move necessitating fast action. Fortunately, CES had another show ending in Brooklyn and was able to bring in the 20-ft. twin 400-kW generator used there to supplement the show at Nationals Park.
“It was perfect, because that show was just ending and it was within a few hours’ drive,” says De Luna. “We made the call Monday afternoon, and it was here by 3 a.m. We are lucky because, with different offices all over the country, we have resources available to make it happen.”
For more of SVG’s on-site coverage from Washington D.C., visit the SportsTechLive Blog: On Site at MLB All-Star 2018.