Falcons will use high-tech drones to clean Mercedes-Benz Stadium once fans return
iwano@_84October 1, 20200 Comments
The 0-3 Atlanta Falcons’ second-half play this season has been anything but clean, but now with the help of some high-tech drones, at least their stadium will be spotless. The team and Mercedes-Benz Stadium have partnered with Charlotte-based Lucid Drone Technologies for D1 disinfecting drones to sanitize the stadium. They will use two drones to sanitize the 71,000-seat area, with a third on deck if needed.
To get everything in the space clean, the drones use electrostatic spraying nozzles that allows for “medical-grade disinfecting chemicals” to be spread in the stadium, according to ESPN. The move to use these drones comes as the team plans to welcome back fans at a limited capacity in October, starting on the 11th when they host the Carolina Panthers.
“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,” Jackie Poulakos, manager of building operations, told ESPN. “We are always challenged by leadership to continually innovate and this new technology is the ideal solution to effectively disinfect and sanitize our stadium in an efficient manner.”
While the Falcons are the first team believed to use this drone technology, according to ESPN, they aren’t the only one introducing high-tech way to get their stadium ready for fans. The Panthers have a Xenex LightStrike Robot — referred to as a “germ-zapping robot” by team president Tom Glick — on hand for games at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers are welcoming in 5,240 fans on Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals.
Atlanta Falcons to use drones to clean stadium after games
iwano@_84October 1, 20200 Comments
The Atlanta Falcons’ home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is believed to be the first professional sports venue to implement drones to clean the stadium, but they’re not the only ones using new technology.
Beginning after the team’s Oct. 11 game against the Carolina Panthers, the 71,000-seat stadium, which has not hosted fans for the first two home games because of the coronavirus pandemic, will welcome back a limited capacity. (The stadium hosted about 500 family members, friends and associates for a test run during Sunday’s Bears-Falcons game.)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium partnered with Charlotte-based Lucid Drone Technologies for D1 disinfecting drones to sanitize areas. The drones use electrostatic spraying nozzles for even distribution of medical-grade disinfecting chemicals that include an inhibitor that prevents bacteria and virus from adhering to surfaces without leaving a residue. The nontoxic hypochlorous acid solution is in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards, according to the company.
Two drones will be used to clean the stadium, and the team will have a third as a backup.
“The process of welcoming fans back involves actively listening and responding to their concerns and we understand that proper cleaning and sanitization protocols are top of mind in the current environment,” said Dietmar Exler, COO of AMB Sports and Entertainment. “We have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for not only our associates, players and staff, but especially our fans.”
The Panthers will allow 5,240 fans into Bank of America Stadium for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, and while Carolina doesn’t have drones, it does have a modern cleaning plan.
The Panthers appear to be the first NFL team to debut what team president Tom Glick called a “germ-zapping robot” that has been used in locker rooms, office space and other parts of the building.