AN ALABAMA faculty soccer staff took a novel strategy to making ready their soggy pitch this weekend.
Crimson Tide used HELICOPTERS to assist dry out their area after heavy rain Stateside.
Director of Athletics Greg Byrne tweeted movies of the 2 choppers flying into the Bryant-Denny Stadium – which has a capability of 101,000 – and hovering low.
In fact, the intention was to make use of the rotating blades to behave like a hairdryer and evaporate the rain from the grass.
And it appeared to do the trick.
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Byrne’s tweets received criticism from some who thought he was using college fees to fund the chopper but he confirmed: “Helicopters were donated, no tuition dollars used.”
Twitter user Creg Stephenson had seen the innovative tactic used before.
He said: “It’s relatively common. I remember being at an NCAA Baseball Regional at Tulane in 2005 when they did the same thing.”
Some users suggested Crimson Tide opted for a large tarpaulin to cover the grass but plenty of supporters were delighted with the ingenious method.