By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:45 BST, 2 October 2020 | Updated: 20:38 BST, 2 October 2020
The Atlanta Falcons will welcome fans back to the Mercedes-Benz stadium for the first time, but as the coronavirus still lingers in the US, team officials are also inviting germ killing drones to the facility.
The aerial vehicles are fitted with spraying nozzles to disperse medical-grade disinfecting chemicals the seating bowl, handrails, and glass partitions in the arena.
Using the technology allows for a 95 percent reduction in time spent cleaning the facility, Atlanta Falcons team officials say.
Additionally, the stadium added a Sanitation Team for hourly disinfecting, 600 hand sanitizer dispensers and monthly anti-viral coating to help reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the virus.
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The aerial vehicles are fitted with spraying nozzles to disperse medical-grade disinfecting chemicals the seating bowl, handrails, and glass partitions in the arena
Jackie Poulakos, manager of building operations, said: ‘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.’
‘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.’
The disinfectant is a non-toxic Hypochlorous Acid solution that, officials say, is in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for maximum effectiveness without being harmful.
The drones will be deployed after games are held in the stadium to disinfect all surfaces, which has been found to be 14 times more efficient than backpack foggers.