Cat® equipment has been involved in the construction and maintenance of sports venues for nearly 50 years. What many people don’t know, however, is that Cat Generator Sets also have a long history providing dependable power at sporting events. In Calgary, Canada, in 1988, we showed the world how Cat power could effortlessly provide both primary and backup power to television cameras, commentators’ booths and media centers to broadcast the Big Event to the world.
Imagine sports broadcasts without such failsafe mechanisms in place. Millions of eyes around the world are glued to their television sets, watching a figure skater perform. Suddenly the image goes black, and a message flashes across the screen: "We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by." Cat Generator Sets work to ensure such catastrophes don’t happen.
In 1988 a $1 million (Canadian) contract was awarded to lease and service 27 generator sets – mainly as primary and backup power. Officials chose our products and dealers because the choice meant providing new, quality equipment and superior product support – which is crucial. The television networks insisted on the contract.
Cat Gen Sets were also used to provide electricity for food tents, lights for the hockey and skating arena, electronic timing for racing events and power for scoreboard displays.