Make way, Roomba, there’s a new cleaning robot in town.
On October 11, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will debut their new fleet of disinfecting drones after the arena reopens to the public for limited capacity seating at the Falcons’ home game.
MBS will be the first professional sporting arena to use disinfecting drones, claims the stadium.
Lucid Drone Technologies are the makers behind the stadium’s future machine cleaning personnel. Their D1 Disinfecting Drones use electrostatic nozzles to douse targeted areas with chosen sanitization agent. The company was the very same behind the fleet of cleaning drones used in Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
The stadium claims that use of its two disinfecting drones (one will be used as an alternate) reduces the time cleaning its 71,000-seat area by 95% overall.
“This stadium is incredibly large, and as we begin to slowly welcome fans back, these drones allow us to maximize the time between games and private events to thoroughly sanitize,” manager of building operations, Jackie Poulakos, told ESPN.
Elsewhere in the world of sanitation technology, home of the Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium, plan to start using germ-zapping robots from Xenex Disinfection Services.
The exact number of fans that will be permitted to attend the Falcons’ game against the Carolina Panthers has yet to be determined — though the stadium originally anticipated allowing between 10,000 and 20,000. Whatever the number may be, the stadium does intend to implement further safety precautions, including mandatory face masks for all in attendance.