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How Did Sports First Use Misting Fans to Cool Athletes

The President of Big Fogg, Christopher P. Miehl has often been asked how misting fans first ended up on the sidelines of NFL and NCAA football games. It began years ago, but this story has been repeated so many times that it seems like it was just yesterday. Christopher Miehl recalls that. “It was back in the early to mid-1990s and I had just been laid of my job in Santa Barbara, living in a studio apartment in Balboa., California and trying to earn income by consulting for small businesses. One day, I was introduced to two gentlemen who had developed a backyard low-pressure misting system.

As I was writing a business plan for them, it became evident that their interest in using downtown Los Angeles as a location to start production of these units was not advisable. So a manufacturing facility was located in Hemet, CA. It made good financial sense as it was classified in an economically challenged zone with attractive property tax advantages. On a hot sunny day in June we took a ride to Hemet to look at the plant. On our return trip we drove past a dairy farm. Temperatures were in the high 90s and see noticed that a farmer had taken out a big fan and had placed water emitters in front of the fan face and was cooling down the cows. We laughed seeing another application for misting and joked that the cows were so large they looked like professional football players. Then the idea struck us that misting fans could be placed on the sidelines at football games to cool the players. We could show the company’s name on the fan shroud for advertisement. Consumers would see the name and may consequently buy our little low-pressure misting system.”

Chris Miehl continued “I believe this was on Friday afternoon and. of course if we were busy, we probably would have forgotten the idea. However on Monday we contacted a friend at USC about this concept. He thought it had merit and told us to contact Dino Dennis who was the football team’s equipment manager at the time. Dino liked the idea and we placed misting fans on the USC sidelines for the entire season. This had never been done before as no other team had any type of sideline cooling. After the season ended we received at call from the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii. They had seen us on TV on the USC sideline and they wanted our fans for a game, as Hawaii was very hot that year. We shipped our misting fans to the island for the game, which was played during the day. It was great that we were finally paid for the first time for supplying misting fans for a game.

Ironically that year, the Buffalo Bills had just made the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL. After being down 35-3 in the third quarter they had rallied and had defeated Houston 48-45 in overtime. Rusty Jones, who was working with Bills, contacted us to use the misting fans at the AFC Championship Game in Miami. After they won, they hired us to setup for both the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills at the Super Bowl in Pasadena. I worked that sideline and will never forget seeing Michael Jackson and Garth Brooks perform at half time and OJ Simpson strolling along the sidelines assuring people the Bills would win. The Cowboys did prevail.

Christopher Miehl, President of Big Fogg commented “Now every NFL team and most NCAA teams have some type of outdoor cooling system on the players’ sidelines. Over the last decade Big Fogg has setup its Misting Fans at over one thousand NFL and top NCAA games across the country. We may not be the only company doing sideline cooling on the sidelines anymore but we are certainly the best one”.

Any questions on Big Fogg working the football sidelines across the country please review www.bigfogg.com. Big Fogg.com has had its Misting Fans at 8 of the last 10 Super Bowl games for at the last 12 Pro Bowl Games.

Keeping Cool using Outdoor Cooling Misting Fans

It is remarkable that 21st century technology allows people to enjoy, relax and be cool in the great outdoors even in the excessive heat of the summer. In today’s marketplace there a large variety of different outdoor cooling products that basically air condition your patio, backyard or deck area. In fact, the more severe the weather conditions are the more effective these outdoor cooling products function.

There are many different types of misting systems but one of the most effective is a misting fan. Perhaps you have seen these fans on TV while they were operating on the sidelines of an NFL or an NCAA Football Game. Every weekend during the months of September and October you will see these large misting fans behind the offensive and defensive benches on the football sidelines helping protect players from the heat as they keep them cool. Big Fogg recalls the initiation of the product and its first use. “When we first placed Big Fogg Misting Fans on the NFL and NCAA sidelines, no one paid much attention to them at that time. It was an educational process teaching the trainers and equipment managers the advantages of using our misting fans for outdoor and sideline cooling. In 2011, all NFL teams and most NCAA programs use some type of cooling system on their sideline and the majority of the time it is a Big Fogg Misting Fan.”

Misting fans have also been installed and operated at theme parks, stadiums and restaurants and also have been set-up at fairs, festivals and concerts and other special events. In most cases, whenever the Misting Fans are turned on at any event or gathering, patrons flock to them to enjoy their outdoor cooling properties. Children seem to love misting fans as they congregate around them at events seeking their unique cooling capabilities and standing in front of the nozzles as the fine mist hits their face.

These misting fans also keep both people and pets cool and safe from the heat. During the San Diego Fire of 2008, Qual Comm Stadium (where the Chargers play) was used as holding facility for displaced people who had lost their homes. Many accommodations were made for them to make them as comfortable as possible in their temporary quarters. Many also brought along their pets. Misting fans were setup in the parking lot to cool down all the animals that were temporarily living at the stadium. The report from the stadium was the pets loved the misting fans during the hot San Diego weather and, after misting, responded better to their owners during this onerous situation.

A side benefit of using these misting fans, besides outdoor cooling, is they even repel mosquitoes, flies and insects and make the outdoor an even more enjoyable experience.

How Did Sports First Use Misting Fans to Cool Athletes

The President of Big Fogg, Christopher P. Miehl has often been asked how misting fans first ended up on the sidelines of NFL and NCAA football games. It began years ago, but this story has been repeated so many times that it seems like it was just yesterday. Christopher Miehl recalls that. “It was back in the early to mid-1990s and I had just been laid of my job in Santa Barbara, living in a studio apartment in Balboa., California and trying to earn income by consulting for small businesses. One day, I was introduced to two gentlemen who had developed a backyard low-pressure misting system.

As I was writing a business plan for them, it became evident that their interest in using downtown Los Angeles as a location to start production of these units was not advisable. So a manufacturing facility was located in Hemet, CA. It made good financial sense as it was classified in an economically challenged zone with attractive property tax advantages. On a hot sunny day in June we took a ride to Hemet to look at the plant. On our return trip we drove past a dairy farm. Temperatures were in the high 90s and see noticed that a farmer had taken out a big fan and had placed water emitters in front of the fan face and was cooling down the cows. We laughed seeing another application for misting and joked that the cows were so large they looked like professional football players. Then the idea struck us that misting fans could be placed on the sidelines at football games to cool the players. We could show the company’s name on the fan shroud for advertisement. Consumers would see the name and may consequently buy our little low-pressure misting system.”

Chris Miehl continued “I believe this was on Friday afternoon and. of course if we were busy, we probably would have forgotten the idea. However on Monday we contacted a friend at USC about this concept. He thought it had merit and told us to contact Dino Dennis who was the football team’s equipment manager at the time. Dino liked the idea and we placed misting fans on the USC sidelines for the entire season. This had never been done before as no other team had any type of sideline cooling. After the season ended we received at call from the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii. They had seen us on TV on the USC sideline and they wanted our fans for a game, as Hawaii was very hot that year. We shipped our misting fans to the island for the game, which was played during the day. It was great that we were finally paid for the first time for supplying misting fans for a game.

Ironically that year, the Buffalo Bills had just made the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL. After being down 35-3 in the third quarter they had rallied and had defeated Houston 48-45 in overtime. Rusty Jones, who was working with Bills, contacted us to use the misting fans at the AFC Championship Game in Miami. After they won, they hired us to setup for both the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills at the Super Bowl in Pasadena. I worked that sideline and will never forget seeing Michael Jackson and Garth Brooks perform at half time and OJ Simpson strolling along the sidelines assuring people the Bills would win. The Cowboys did prevail.

Christopher Miehl, President of Big Fogg commented “Now every NFL team and most NCAA teams have some type of outdoor cooling system on the players’ sidelines. Over the last decade Big Fogg has setup its Misting Fans at over one thousand NFL and top NCAA games across the country. We may not be the only company doing sideline cooling on the sidelines anymore but we are certainly the best one”.

Any questions on Big Fogg working the football sidelines across the country please review www.bigfogg.com. Big Fogg.com has had its Misting Fans at 8 of the last 10 Super Bowl games for at the last 12 Pro Bowl Games.