These sorts of accreditations will be important as venues welcome back fans: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home to the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and Cleveland Monsters (AHL), earned a Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation.
The accreditation makes Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse the first sports facility in Ohio to reach this award for prepared facilities, certifying that the arena stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.
Polls show that fans will be extremely cognizant of cleanliness and safety when planning their returns to arena events. While an arena operator can incessantly promote safety, having a neutral set of guidelines in place makes for a much more compelling argument.
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR guidelines helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse’s best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.
To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.
“The health and well-being of our team members, guests and community has always been our number one priority and now more than ever we are continuously working to not only meet, but exceed safety expectations for our venue.” said Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Executive Vice President of Venue Operations Antony Bonavita, via press statement. “As we look to the future, we are excited to welcome guests back to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, especially knowing that the health and safety protocols and procedures we have in place are being held to the highest standard, as validated by the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation.”
Since March, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has continued to work closely with leading medical experts and local, state and national agencies and authorities to monitor the latest developments on COVID-19. In relation to this on-going focus, the venue has implemented appropriate new operational health protocols, processes and safety guidelines to help provide the safest environment and experience possible for staff and event attendees and participants.
Additionally, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse’s air systems are equipped with three technologies shown to be effective in killing or capturing viruses, pathogens and particulates: UV germicidal irradiation (UVGI), highly efficient filtration and bipolar ionization. The bipolar ionization system imparts a static charge to viruses, pathogens and particulates to attack them and reduce their ability to travel through the air.
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