Jaguars may use drones to hold shade over stands on sunny days

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The Jaguars are talking about getting creative to make fans more comfortable during hot and sunny home games.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he’s seen proposals to use drone-powered “artificial clouds” that may be used over stadiums in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, carrying shades over stadiums and casting large shadows onto the fans to make the seating areas cooler. Khan would like to see if he can do it in Jacksonville as well.

It’s very futuristic but it could be very cost-effective only on the days you need it,” Khan said, via First Coast News. “I don’t know how feasible it is, but as an engineer when I saw it I thought boy that would work very well for us.”

It is unclear whether the technology has ever actually been deployed anywhere, or whether it is just an idea. There are obvious questions about noise and safety that would have to be answered. But Khan is open to trying something new.

47 responses to “Jaguars may use drones to hold shade over stands on sunny days

  1. Or better still, don’t play football in hot, gator infested swamps – or deserts for that matter.

  2. Gee, an enormous drone the size of a jumbo jet hovering over a packed stadium crowd.. What could possibly go wrong?

  3. uwachampion says:
    April 19, 2019 at 5:20 am

    You’re in Florida. Either deal with the sun and heat or build a dome.
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    Anyone else have any multi-billion dollar solutions to this problem?

  4. There’s no way the NFL goes for this.

    2000 years ago the Romans shaded the coliseum with canvas and wooden poles. The Dolphin’s owner cantilevered shade inducing panels from the roof.

  5. How about this? Play September/October home games at 4pm ET instead of 1pm ET and then switch to earlier dates later in the season. Don’t remember hearing the Dolphins doing this and they’ve been around since the 1960’s.

  6. Is there even a working prototype for this? You’d need something that could remain airborne for a few hours that had enough oomph to hold it’s own in the wind with 100% certainty it wasn’t going to crash down on all the people below. And, realistically, be so stable nobody below would freak out from seeing it jerking about in the wind as its gyros compensated. I just can’t see it working.

  7. We know the NFL only cares about the TV viewer and TV ratings with very little regard for the in-stadium fans…… but here’ s a completely insane idea…….allow southern outdoor NFL teams to schedule early season games at night.
    Either schedule these teams on Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night football or allow the occasional game on Saturday night. The ticket buying fan base gets abused by the suits who sit in their chilled Park Ave offices or private jets.

  8. “It is illegal to fly a drone over people. See FAA regulations.”

    It doesn’t have to be over people it can be tethered or remotely piloted away from the crowd and still block the sun.

  9. Wow. I clicked the link to the youtube video. Its a giant solar powered plate, roughly the size of the stadium itself, held in place with four massive propellers. The fact a rational human thinks this is a good idea baffles me.

  10. After reading some of the idiotic comments on this thread It’s clear very few people actually know what it is that he is talking about. I work in the entertainment industry and we use these clouds all the time when we film outdoors to diffuse light/creat shade. They are essentially a shaped balloon filled with helium that are suspended over an area. We generally have them tethered to the ground by ropes or they would float away. It would be a simple adjustment to make them neutrally buoyant and easily maneuverable be attaching them to light weight drones. The biggest challenge would be dealing with wind and if they lost altitude and fell into the stadium it would be the equivalent of being hit with a large beach ball. That all being said, being a Miami native I can tell you that shade means very little to help with the heat in Florida. It’s the humidity. Unless your playing in a dome it’s going to be scorchingly hot no matter how much shade you have.

  11. redrew says:
    April 19, 2019 at 10:47 am
    The ticket buying fan base gets abused by the suits who sit in their chilled Park Ave offices or private jets.

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    To be fair, if you have money to throw around on football tickets (which generally aren’t cheap), is it really “getting abused?”

  12. And to hold shade over the league, just imagine a drone wandering off and hovering over the Coaches play sheets! Oops! Bad drones!

  13. Don’t worry. Their owner will be moving the team to London where he wants to be and where there are fewer sunny days. The London Jaguars. Sounds good. Bad for the NFL which needs to replace their destructive “re-location” policy. Proof? Look at the disastrous LA Charger move.

  14. Drew Demarest says: April 19, 2019 at 11:40 am

    After reading some of the idiotic comments on this thread It’s clear very few people actually know what it is that he is talking about. I work in the entertainment industry and we use these clouds all the time when we film outdoors to diffuse light/creat shade. They are essentially a shaped balloon filled with helium that are suspended over an area.
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    Apparently you didn’t read the article. They’re not using a balloon, they’re using drones. Also, we’re talking a massive stadium and not some small area for filming.

    As to the article, stadiums ought to look at soccer stadiums in Europe and the MLS which build a semi roof over the stands and leave the field open to the elements. This provides some protection for the fans from sun, rain, and/or snow. It’s not perfect but provides enough protection for most of the fans depending on the position of the sun and is much cheaper than a complete dome.

  15. MyNameJuan says:
    April 19, 2019 at 10:02 am

    What a great idea!!

    Hey, ya know? This is the solution to global warming!!

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    This is why we can’t have nice things, America.

  16. Again. I think it is funny all the negative comments about a pretty good idea. If it is good enough for…say the World Cup (and I am no soccer fan but recognize it’s global impact on sport) then I think it is good enough for one stadium in JAX. Guess that’s why we lag in innovation and education.

  17. It doesn’t have to be over people it can be tethered or remotely piloted away from the crowd and still block the sun.

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    Possibly. The problem is the weight and material strength. At some point you have weight flying over people which is never a good idea. Do you know the rules in the heavy lift industry? You NEVER walk under a live suspended load because you don’t know when it could fall. The same applies here.

    The other problem is that drones are not built nor certified to the same standards as aircraft that carry people. Since you have people potentially in harms way, you need an expensive drone built to higher standards.

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