The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) launched National Safe Digging Month 2017 with the
first inflation of the 811 Hot Air Balloon, which has spread the 811 safety message to hundreds of thousands of people across the country so far.
Beginning with its April 1 launch in California, the 811 Hot Air Balloon visited Major League
Baseball and United Soccer League games, the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Las Vegas
Strip, to name just a few venues. In addition to in-person exposure, the 811 Hot Air Balloon
was featured in a San Francisco Bay Area TV news segment, and Shell-sponsored Indy Car
driver Helio Castroneves tied in 811 safety messaging to his Grand Prix media interviews.
CGA would like to thank Cox Utility Services for making this season-long campaign possible.
Please join us in thanking the following CGA members who have hosted the eye-catching 811
Hot Air Balloon at an impressive slate of events in the first half of its journey across the U.S:
• April 1: The 811 Hot Air Balloon kicked off its journey at the Oakland A’s game, courtesy of PG&E, and then traveled to the Sacramento Republic soccer game and the California State Fair courtesy of USA North 811.
• April 7-9: Shell Pipeline Company LP and USA North 811 inflated the balloon on a parking garage roof overlooking the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach while Shell-sponsored driver Helio Castroneves raced below.
• April 12: The 811 Balloon joined USA North 811 and Southwest Gas at the Dig This heavy equipment playground in Las Vegas, where the balloon overlooked the scenic Vegas strip.
• April 15: Arizona 811 and Southwest Gas brought the 811 Hot Air Balloon to Queen Creek, Arizona’s famous Schnepf Farms for an Easter egg hunt event attended by hundreds of visitors.
• April 27: The balloon was featured at Texas811’s mock line strike demonstration in Victoria, Texas.
• May 10-11: Lockton Insurance brought the balloon to Safecon Expo at Tan-a-Tar Resort Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark in Missouri.
• May 18: Missouri CGA hosted the 811 Hot Air Balloon.
CGA would also like to thank our many members who worked to coordinate events with the balloon that were unfortunately canceled due to inclement weather.
Keep your eyes in the sky this summer and you just may catch a glimpse of the 811 Hot Air Balloon – but be sure to know what’s below before you dig!