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Wrigley Field hits a hygiene home run

Wrigley Field hits a hygiene home run with GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

Historic Wrigley Field in Chicago is the latest professional sports stadium to achieve GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA.

Built in 1914 and known as the ‘Friendly Confines’, Wrigley Field has been the home of the Chicago Cubs for more than a century. In 2004, the City of Chicago named the ballpark a Chicago Landmark, and in 2020, the site was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. The second-oldest active Major League Baseball (MLB) ballpark averages more than 3m fans per year, and is a sought-after destination for sports enthusiasts around the world.

Additional facilities that can now display the accreditation seal include South Bend International Airport in Indiana; Venue 66 in Los Angeles, California; Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City; Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas; as well as popular properties and hotels in Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Greece, Austria, Spain, and the United States.

Patricia Olinger, GBAC Executive Director, said: “When a facility has an organised approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention, employees have a clear picture of their roles and responsibilities. GBAC STAR accreditation helps organisations create and execute a plan for minimising risks associated with infectious agents. This makes it an ideal fit for historic places like Wrigley Field, newer hotels, and everything in between.”

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