Fenway Park Opens Season With New Disinfection Plan
The Boston Red Sox and Reckitt, the makers of Lysol, announced that they have teamed up to create enhanced disinfection and cleaning measures at Fenway Park. The organization implemented heightened sanitation procedures in advance of welcoming fans back to Fenway Park for the regular season, which starts today.
Leveraging Lysol's 100-plus years of germ-kill expertise and innovation, the enhanced measures will help protect fans, players and team staff from the spread of germs on surfaces, during the team's regular season games and practices. It was also used during the team's spring training.
The partnership with the Red Sox follows the commitment by Reckitt with Major League Baseball, first announced in October 2020.
This initiative comes at a time when over 56 percent of sports fans are willing to wait longer for sports to return if doing so means athletes and team employees are assuming less risk to their health, according to Sports Business Journal.
"We know everyone is eager to get back to the ballpark to watch their favorite players on the diamond, but we also know an uneasiness still exists," said E. Yuri Hermida, executive vice president of North America Hygiene for Reckitt. "After initially partnering with Major League Baseball late last year, we're thrilled to now welcome the Red Sox into the fold and look forward to seeing Red Sox nation back in Fenway Park this spring."
Reckitt's microbiologists and germ-kill experts will work in tandem with the Red Sox to determine high-traffic, high-touch hotspots throughout Fenway Park and implement best practices that will strengthen and reinforce disinfection protocols to help prevent the spread of germs on key surfaces of the ballpark including, entrances, restrooms, railings, seats, concessions and clubhouses.
Reckitt will supply EPA-approved disinfection products, proven to kill 99.9 percent of germs, including SARS-CoV-22, the virus that causes COVID-19, to use across areas where germs are most prevalent. Additionally, dispensers with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be made available around the ballpark for fans to use at their own discretion.
"We're implementing a number of fan safety protocols and procedures for the upcoming season to support the safe return of fans to Fenway Park, and our partnership with Lysol and the use of their disinfectant products helps support these important efforts," said Red Sox Vice President of Facilities Management, Jonathan Lister. "The Lysol brand is familiar to our fans who use the products in their homes every day. We hope our use of Lysol products helps inspire confidence in our enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols."