Nov 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; The Atlanta Falcons logo is shown in an end zone before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons to use drones to clean stadium after games

The Atlanta Falcons will employ drones to clean Mercedes-Benz Stadium after games, starting with the team’s Oct. 11 date with the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers game will be the first with a limited amount of fans welcomed back to the stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AMB Sports and Entertainment is partnering with a North Carolina-based Lucid Drone Technologies, which offers D1 disinfecting drones. Two drones will be used to clean the stadium with a third on stand-by 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,” AMB COO Dietmar Exler said in a release. “We have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for not only our associates, players and staff, but especially our fans.”

According to the release, the drones use electrostatic spraying nozzles to distribute medical-grade disinfecting chemicals — including an inhibitor that prevents harmful bacteria and viruses from adhering to surfaces without leaving a residue.

The drones will be used for post-event disinfecting of the seating bowl, handrails and glass partitions at the stadium, per the release. The drones will reduce the amount of time it takes to clean the stadium by 95 percent.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) greets fans during Tiger Walk prior to a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson football to allow 19,000 fans in stadium

Clemson football will play its home games this fall with about one-quarter of the usual number of fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The university announced it will limit attendance at 81,500-seat Memorial Stadium, known as “Death Valley,” to about 19,000 fans. They will be scattered in small clusters of two or four people, and all fans must wear masks.

“Clemson sought input from external medical, public health and facility planning experts during the process, as well as the University Strategic Operations Group,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a news release. “With the information available today, we are confident in our ability to safely allow fans at games, which is incredibly important to our student-athletes, coaches, fans and local community. We’ll continue to monitor guidance and make adjustments if necessary.”

The announcement was welcomed by players.

“We thought it was just going to be us out there. To be able to have just that amount of people is a huge blessing,” defensive back Andrew Booth said. An empty stadium “would feel like we were out there doing scrimmages. This is going to be beautiful.”

Clemson, the No. 1 team in the nation in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, is scheduled to open its home season on Sept. 19 against The Citadel.

–Field Level Media