Major League Soccer Club Indoor Sports HVAC Success Story

Learn How Heating a Sports Training Arena with HTHV Technology Easily and Efficiently Exceeded 55°F Temperature Goal


When Major League Soccer Club the Real Salt Lake Monarchs, Salt Lake City, UT, embarked on building the largest pre-engineered, free-span facility in North America, a critical concern was efficiently heating the indoor area during the cold Utah winter months.

This mammoth 208,000SF structure can make a person feel rather small. With a width of 525 feet, a depth of 400 feet and a ridge height over 70 feet, the Zions Bank Training Center (designed by Nucor Steel in Brigham City, UT) houses two full-size soccer fields with unobstructed views.



For Real, providing excellent indoor air quality for the professional soccer players on the fields and the fans on the sidelines needed to be addressed. The goal for heating the indoor sports training arena was to maintain an average temperature of 50 - 55°F using the fewest energy-efficient heating units.



For a building of this magnitude, the design team chose Cambridge Air Solutions’ High Temperature Heating and Ventilation (HTHV) technology. Four 1.6 million BTU units would heat the facility to the required 50 - 55°F temperature. Two units were installed on opposite ends of the facility with thermostats placed at a height of 10 feet off the floor. All 4 units are through-wall, vertical-mounted, which maximizes air distribution throughout the facility. These four units provide efficient, draft-free heat to the facility’s entire 208,000 square footage.


HTHV Benefits

  • Improved air temperature uniformity due to superior destratification without supplemental fans
  • Improved indoor air quality due to use of 100% outside air
  • 92% ultra-high efficiency resulting in energy savings and better indoor comfort

To ensure the fans on the sidelines were comfortable, Real installed infrared heaters over the bleachers to spot heat those areas – just in case. To their surprise, they haven’t had to use those heaters once. With HTHV technology heating the facility, Real has exceeded their initial goal of 55°F. In fact, Real can easily heat the facility to a comfortable 68°F, providing indoor air quality players and fans enjoy.

Success stories such as Real Soccer are proof that HTHV technology is one of the most energy efficient ways to heat high bay facilities throughout the U.S. An energy modeling study by GARD Analytics was conducted comparing air rotation, as well as other heating technologies, to HTHV technology. The resulting data supports the same conclusion…HTHV is the most energy efficient way to heat high bay buildings.


Heating an Indoor Sports Arena with the Cambridge S-Series

The S-Series was instrumental in heating the largest pre-engineered, free-span indoor arena in North America and reaching that temperature goals set out in order to make fans and players comfortable inside the building. The S-Series are large industrial space heaters that are energy-efficient and designed to create a large volume of fresh indoor air. Create a more comfortable environment and improve the IAQ of your building with the Cambridge S-Series indoor sports arena heating solution.


Specialty Indoor Sports HVAC Solutions

Cambridge serves a wide variety of diverse, specialty buildings and creates world-class HVAC solutions to make those buildings safer and more comfortable. Each building has its own unique set of requirements, but the Cambridge team is full of problem solvers that are ready to customize the perfect solution for your building. Learn more about our specialty cooling, heating, and ventilating solutions.