The Atlanta Falcons will be employing futuristic methods to disinfect their state-of-the-art stadium.
According to ESPN, Mercedes Benz Stadium may be the first professional sports venue to implement drones in their cleaning and disinfecting process.
The program will be tested after the team’s Oct. 11 home game against the Carolina Panthers. The 71,000-seat Mercedes Benz stadium has not hosted fans during its first two home games.
The team partnered with Charlotte-based Lucid Drone Technologies for D1 disinfecting drones to sanitize certain areas of the facility. The drones use electrostatic chemicals that include an inhibitor that prevents bacteria and viruses from adhering to surfaces without leaving any residue behind.
Two drones will do the cleaning, and the team will have an additional 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."