- Data shows that our toilet systems could go into overdrive with a suspected 25% increase in call outs
- 42% of fans admit to missing a great sporting moment because of a trip to the toilet
- Dyno has created 'Rush to Flush' hit squads to keep toilets fully functional
- National Grid is also expecting a series of power surges with a quarter of viewers reaching for the kettle during half time
New research commissioned by Dyno, the number one plumbing and drains company, has found that the first thing nearly half (45 per cent) of all of England football fans do during a break is rush to the toilet. In fact, the average sports fan will take up to two toilet breaks during a big tournament with a whopping 42 per cent of sports fans admitting to missing a golden sports moment during a trip to the loo as they can't hold out any longer.
Dyno Hit Squads
In response Dyno has created local emergency Rush to Flush squads and have them on high alert 24/7 to keep the nations plumbing and drains systems functioning during the summers biggest games.
Senior Dyno Engineer Richard Swan says:
''We here at Dyno predict the nation's rush to flush could send our plumbing and drains systems into overdrive up and down the country. That's when our Rush to Flush Squad will be on hand to help local business and homes get back to watching the World's biggest football event this summer!"
And it's not just our plumbing and drains systems that will descend into overdrive down during the football half time. National Grid reported a record breaking surge in demand of nearly 1300 Megawatts - the equivalent of more than half a million kettles being switched on all at the same time - during the half time break of England vs Slovenia World Cup qualifiers in 2010. That blast equates to a city the size of Sheffield suddenly switching on all of its lights.
It is not only a blocked toilet that causes disasters in the home during big sporting events. One in five sports fans (20 per cent) said they had issues with their TV's- who could forget the transmission problem when England's first goal against USA was missed by those who watched the game in HD in 2010. And while toilets came third on the list of home disasters, ovens breaking down also ranked high on the nation's list*. Helping avoid kitchen calamities, pizza is likely to be one of the more popular choices of home deliveries, with take-out companies expecting to sell a monstrous 6 million during June and July alone. According to the Dyno survey, 49 per cent of Brits say they are more likely to buy pizza than usual during the World Cup.
Pub or on the Sofa...?
When it comes to watching the game we apparently prefer to do this from the comfort of our own sofa. Over half (56 per cent) of the British public plan to watch England's first match at home and only 4 per cent in a pub. Biggest turn offs to watching the game at their local include the blocked smelly toilets (34 per cent), while 47 per cent said that the queues at the bar was the real turn off. However this won't stop the nation enjoying a drink, 68 per cent said they will increase their beer budget this summer