Stadium Officials Update Safety Measures For NFL Season
As facility managers continue to ponder what safety measures to impose for upcoming events, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, released their protocols for New York Jets and Giants games during the upcoming 2021 NFL season.
In drastic difference from the 2020 season, attendance restrictions have been lifted completely, with the plan to allow 100 percent capacity. Additionally, no COVID-19 vaccinations or negative tests will need to be provided by fans for entry, reports Jets Wire USA Today.
There will, however, be some distinct safety measure with regard to infection control and disinfection ahead of the Giants/Jets preseason clash on August 14 — the first game with fans at the venue since the 2019 season. Key measure include:
• The frequent use of electrostatic sprayers and hospital-grade cleaning supplies
• Tailgates are permitted unless otherwise stated
• Outside food can be brought into the stadium, but it must be placed in a clear-plastic bag
• Reusable plastic bottles will be permitted into the stadium for fill-up at water stations
• The option for mobile ticketing and cash-free transactions at all purchasing stations
• 450 hand sanitizer stations located across the venue
• The upgrading of HVAC filtration systems to MERV-13 or MERV-15 for all interior areas
While these guidelines for facilities are always subject to change, it’s insightful to see what some of the most notable professional venues are taking into account as Fall approaches. For a related story on the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta using drones to disinfect stadiums after games, click here.