Sunday 1st September 2019.
Sundays Premier League game between Arsenal and Tottenham in the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium almost didn’t get off to a very good start. With the match ending in a 2-2 draw, few would have been aware of the issues faced by us in the lead up to kick-off at 4.30pm.
With the anticipation rising between rivalling supporters on the morning of the game, an emergency call out was raised for us to attend the stadium for reports of a blocked drainage system.
Our Metro Rod engineers were deployed instantly and arrived on site before midday, less than an hour after the call out was raised. Our engineers we able to locate the issue situated in the broadcasting area of stadium, an area which was to house various broadcasting corporations from around the world showing the match on live TV.
We found the blockage to be caused by a faulty pumps station/unit which had become clogged up leaving it unable to move waste away from the stadium. With the pumps affecting multiple facilities including WC’s, urinals and sinks in this section of the ground, we were required to call a combination tanker unit to site to extract all of the foul waste from the pumps chamber to alleviate all surrounding manholes. With the tanker arriving on site promptly, the issue was in hand very quickly preventing any potential disruption to the broadcasting teams in the meantime.
Once our tanker had done it’s part, high pressure water jetting was carried out to ensure full flow had been restored to all drainage runs, removing any remaining debris with thorough flush testing of all facilities then being carried out. All pump sensors were checked, tested and reset before departure.
Due to the nature of the event, a high level of security was present at the stadium even hours prior to kick off. Our engineers and tanker unit arrived and departed the site under Police escort.
Our engineers became a little star struck when Sky’s broadcasting guests such as Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness were spotted with Redknapp joking about the strong drainage smell coming from the pumps at the time, prior to clearance.
The result for Metro Rod London North ended well, whereas both Arsenal and Tottenham had to settle for the draw and honours even.
The result lifts Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League, while Tottenham head into September’s International Break four places behind their North London rivals in ninth on five points.
Arsenal Manager Unai Emery speaking to BBC Sport commented on what an amazing game it was, whilst Tottenham striker Harry Kane was left disappointed with the final result with Spurs squandering a two goal lead and a stoppage time penalty claim being waved away by the referee and VAR.
Read a match review of the North London Derby on BBC Football website
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