Published February 25, 2009
This email came in Monday afternoon.
I asked the writer for a little more background, but I haven't heard back.
I'll share it anyway. Perhaps some others wish to jump in on the physics.
Applying environmental physics to the Kelly Pavlik fight at the Chevy Centre
By Don Moler
The human body at rest gives off about 70 watts of heat. The attendance at the Kelly Pavlik fight was close to 7,300.
Multiplying 7,300 times 70 watts gives us 511,000 watts, (over half million watts) that was given off when the crowd was at rest.
Now when a person gets very excited and involved, their heat output may climb as high as 275 watts. Multiplying 7,300 by 275 watts gives us 2,007,000 watts, over two million watts.
The excitement of the crowd started when Pavlik stepped into the ring causing the temperature inside of the building to go up to a point where the outside doors had to be opened to cool down the place. As the fight went on and the crowed became even more excited, the temperature kept climbing to where the air conditioners had to be turned on to cool down the building.
Therefore if we calibrate the success of the fight by the energy that the human bodies gave off ....The fight was a huge success....Sorry if you missed it.
This is why I went into journalism:
So I could bump into facts and stories I often wondered but could never figure out on my own.
For the record, the Chevy air conditioning went on before the Pavlik fight hit the ring.
Here's what we reported Monday:
With all the heat created inside and outside the ring, the center had to turn on its air conditioning unit at 10:30 p.m.
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