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Cleaning accreditation helps US sports venues operate confidently during the pandemic

Published 27th January, 2021 by Neil Nixon

Cleaning accreditation helps US sports venues operate confidently during the pandemic

With the 2020-2021 NBA season underway and more professional and college sporting events welcoming fans or planning to in the near future, it’s essential that these venues have a strategic approach to cleaning for health and safety. The GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, has garnered adoption across major sports venues in the United States, including 13 accredited NBA arenas, to safely allow in-arena attendance.

“We are thrilled that so many professional sports venues are taking the necessary steps to prioritise cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention,” said GBAC executive director, Patricia Olinger. “Maintaining safe facilities is crucial for protecting athletes, coaches, employees, and fans as they travel to these events.”

Achieving GBAC STAR accreditation means that a facility knows how to prepare, respond and recover from infectious disease outbreaks and biohazard situations. Organisations must fulfil 20 programme elements and re-accredit annually. To date, 13 NBA arenas have achieved GBAC STAR and 11 others are in the process of securing accreditation. In addition to NBA arenas, team venues for the NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS also have achieved GBAC STAR accreditation.

The full listing of venues - including hotels, convention centres, airports, offices, and many other facilities - that have achieved or committed to GBAC STAR is available on the GBAC STAR Facility Directory at

“Facilities that commit to GBAC STAR put extensive time and effort into developing plans that prioritise health and safety,” added ISSA executive director, John Barrett. “We applaud these sports venues and the growing roster of facilities of all types worldwide that have demonstrated their commitment to cleanliness by pursuing and achieving GBAC STAR accreditation.”

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