#1994: FloWing

Sports pitches have increasingly elaborate sub-structures to ensure that any rainfall which lands on them doesn’t result in waterlogging and highly expensive cancellations.

Today’s invention is a simple alternative to advanced drainage or roofing-type solutions.

The turf (or astroturf) would be installed on a pitch-sized deck (if we can have rooves big enough to cover stadia, such a platform is not out of the question).

This rigid deck would be hinged to the ground all along one touchline.

After rainfall, the other edge of the pitch surface would be briefly raised by a metre or so using hydraulic jacks.

This would allow any excess water to run off into a drain, so that play would not be postponed.