Flooding delayed Western Michigan University’s game, but an all-night dewatering effort to pump 2,000,000 gal. out of Waldo Stadium kept the game on track.
How Western Michigan University Dewatered a Football Stadium Overnight
Torrential rain left 2 million gallons of water on the field, delaying a game
There were five rips on the turf that were seamed and rubber palates on the turf that were repositioned, but the field was deemed safe at 8 a.m.
“By 10 a.m., we had that baby looking good,” Strazdas said.
Six hours later, WMU fell 14-13 to Akron, but Broncos coach Tim Lester gave the overnight workers plenty of credit for getting the stadium game-ready.
Strazdas said that out of every crisis comes an opportunity, and WMU is consulting with engineers on how to pump water elsewhere. There will also be more people and equipment on standby when more heavy rainfall is in the forecast.
Still, it was a victory for the school even if it didn’t show up on the scoreboard.
“We’re still pinching ourselves wondering how the hell we did this,” Strazdas said.