The Atlanta Falcons will employ drones to clean Mercedes-Benz Stadium after games, starting with the team's Oct. 11 date with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers game will be the first with a limited amount of fans welcomed back to the stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic.
AMB Sports and Entertainment is partnering with a North Carolina-based Lucid Drone Technologies, which offers D1 disinfecting drones. Two drones will be used to clean the stadium with a third on stand-by as a backup.
"The process of welcoming fans back involves actively listening and responding to their concerns and we understand that proper cleaning and sanitization protocols are top of mind in the current environment," AMB COO Dietmar Exler said in a release. "We have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for not only our associates, players and staff, but especially our fans."
According to the release, the drones use electrostatic spraying nozzles to distribute medical-grade disinfecting chemicals -- including an inhibitor that prevents harmful bacteria and viruses from adhering to surfaces without leaving a residue.
The drones will be used for post-event disinfecting of the seating bowl, handrails and glass partitions at the stadium, per the release. The drones will reduce the amount of time it takes to clean the stadium by 95 percent.
--Field Level Media