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NFL's Falcons to Use Drones to Sanitize Stadium

The Atlanta Falcons vs. the Chicago Bears
The Atlanta Falcons vs. the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of an NFL game on September 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 October 2020 04:52 PM

The Atlanta Falcons will use aerial drones as part of its cleaning protocol to sanitize Mercedes-Benz Stadium amid the outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19, the team announced Thursday.

The Falcons claim to be the first team to use the technology and method to sterilize a sports facility, saying it already has been tested and will be used when the retractable roofed building hosts a limited crowd for the National Football League team’s Oct. 11 game against the Carolina Panthers.

A release by Mercedes-Benz Stadium did not mention if the technology will be used for Atlanta United FC, the Major League Soccer team that shares the facility and is set to host matches on Oct. 7 and Oct. 10.

The 0-3 Falcons have played their first two home games ostensibly without fans in the 71,000-capacity arena, opened in 2017, but had about 500 family members, friends and associates for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, ESPN reported.

Two purpose-designed drones built by Lucid Drone Technologies in Charlotte, North Carolina – with a third as a reserve, will “sanitize key areas in a more efficient and effective manner,” stadium officials said.

“The drones utilize electrostatic spraying nozzles for even distribution of medical-grade disinfecting chemicals including an inhibitor that prevents harmful bacteria and virus to adhere to surfaces without leaving a residue,” they said. “In addition, their unique, wrap-around effect helps distribute the disinfectant to hard-to-reach areas. The non-toxic hypochlorous acid solution used is in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for maximum effectiveness without being harmful.”

Stadium officials say the drones will reduce the amount of time needed to clean the seating areas by 95 percent – and is 14 times more efficient that backpack foggers, enabling them to redeploy work crews in other areas of the stadium.

“This stadium is incredibly large and as we begin to slowly welcome fans back, these drones allow us to maximize the time between games and private events to thoroughly sanitize,” building operations manager Jackie Poulakos said.

Besides the drones, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has begun daily cleaning using an ionized solution that kills germs and bacteria, has added a “sanitation team” for hourly disinfecting, 600 hand sanitizer dispensers and monthly anti-viral coating.

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