Aug. 29, 2014
Charlottesville, Va. - With the heat index expected to be above 90 for Virginia's football game with UCLA at Scott Stadium on Saturday, UVa has activated its heat management-operating plan. Virginia Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Operations Jason Bauman made the announcement on Friday, Aug. 29.
The plan calls for an increase in Special Event Medical Management (SEMM) equipment and personnel at the game, bottled water distribution to members of the UVa student body at the North Gate, four cooling fans available in the stadium, increased amounts of bottled water for service groups working at the game and an increase in the cold bottled drink inventory (including water) at concession stands. There will also be increased numbers of stadium staff to support the plan.
The increased SEMM equipment includes two HVAC equipped medical shelters, a misting tent and two additional medical transport vehicles. One medical shelter will be available behind the stadium's northeast First Aid station and one behind the northwest First Aid station. The misting tent will be located at the northeast corner of the stadium. Two of the cooling fans will be available on the east side of the stadium and two on the west side. A large supply of chemical ice packs will also be available.
Four additional two-person medical teams will be in attendance at the game.
Individuals attending the game are encouraged to be mindful of the heat and take precautions like staying properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water, finding shade if necessary, and utilizing the services and medical facilities provided at the stadium to deal with the heat.
"We want our fans to be aware of the additional staffing and services at Saturday's game to assist them in dealing with the heat," Bauman said. "We appreciate their support of the Virginia football team, but want them to take the necessary precautions in the hot weather."
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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