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Arrowhead Stadium gets GBAC STAR accreditation

Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium kicks off season with GBAC STAR facility accreditation

Arrowhead Stadium, home to the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in Missouri, has achieved GBAC STAR accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA.

The stadium, which will welcome fans at a reduced capacity for its home games, has demonstrated that it knows how to prepare, respond, and recover from infectious disease outbreaks and biohazard situations.

GBAC STAR also accredited 50 additional facilities this week, including Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, and multiple Hyatt properties around the world.

GBAC Executive Director, Patricia Olinger, said: “More than ever, facility occupants are concerned about the quality and frequency of cleaning. GBAC STAR accreditation provides added assurance that an organisation truly understands the why and how of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.”

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must demonstrate capability and compliance with 20 key program elements, including personal protective equipment, personnel training, emergency response, and more. With seating for approximately 73,000, Arrowhead Stadium will host approximately 16,000 fans and conduct pre- and post-game cleaning and disinfection to provide the safest environment possible. The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex, the Chiefs’ practice facility, has also achieved GBAC STAR accreditation.

Amongst the other facilities to receive GBAC STAR accreditation are DC Armory in Washington D.C., Spectrum Center, home to the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets (North Carolina), Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto (Canada), Independence Visitor Center Corporation in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and numerous hotels including Hotel Le Negresco in Nice (France), Andaz Maui at Wailea Resport (Hawaii), and The Legian Seminyak in Bali (Indonesia).

John Barrett, ISSA Executive Director, said: “GBAC STAR accredited facilities have the right steps in place to meet their commitment of creating safer and healthier spaces. Whether they are welcoming fans to watch sports, travellers for business trips and vacations, or customers for everyday shopping, organisations can be confident that they’re prepared.”


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