ACO saves the game with ACO Drain in the 2014 World Cup games in Brazil. During the pouring rainfall that hit the city of Recife before the USA - Germany match, the city streets got covered with storm water to a large extent; however, the stadium remained in good working conditions with the help of an efficient trench drain system from ACO which kept the water off the surface. This saved a lot of money and trouble to the organizers which otherwise would have had to reschedule the game. The news circulated around the world, with the German national television ZDF talking on the main news program about it.
The Guardian in the UK stated that "The rain was more of an influence on the game in soggy Recife, yet the pitch drained much more impressively than the city centre streets . . ." while, on the other side of the pond, Washington Post was reporting that
“Humidity was to be expected, but this is something else."
By 9 a.m., CNN had reported that Recife had picked up 2.9 inches of rain. FIFA officials were expected to step onto the pitch later this morning to determine just how much water is standing and whether the match, scheduled to begin at noon EDT, can be played. It stands to reason that the pitch will be just fine, with far better drainage in place.”
NY Times noted that "the area in front of one goal appeared to be a bit swampy, but the surface certainly drained better than the city's roads"
Also Yahoo Sports was informing that "While access to the field was restricted, a stadium official reported that the drainage system in place at the system was working effectively and that the field was in good condition. Heavy tarps covered the goal areas on both sides of the field. No standing water was visible."
This is yet another high profile example of why linear drainage is so important on sport fields.