Hard Rock Stadium to receive biorisk accreditation; Dolphins plan to have fans at games

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MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - The Hard Rock Stadium is set to become the first public facility to earn a Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation, as the Miami Dolphins plan to have fans attend the team’s games when the NFL season kicks off.

GBAC made the announcement on Tuesday morning. Officials with the council said the initiative will serve as the gold standard for facilities implementing cleaning, disinfecting and infectious disease prevention work practices.

“We wanted to establish a standard of cleanliness that can make people feel safe when they came to Hard Rock Stadium, but we didn’t want to establish our own standard,” Tom Garfinkel, the Vice Chairman, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, said. “We thought it was important to find a third-party, to find experts who had a preexisting standard.”

When the NFL season kicks off again, the Miami Dolphins plan on having fans filling the stadium.

Fans trying to enter the venue will have to maintain social distancing guidelines by standing 6 feet apart, as well as walking through specified gates.

Once they make it past the gate, the same social distancing guidelines will be required inside of the stadium. Seating inside of the stadium will be limited to 15,000 fans. The venue can hold a maximum of over 65,000 fans without social distancing guidelines.

Fans will also be required to wear masks during games.

“We remain optimistic,” Garfinkel said. “We’re planning for the best in terms of hoping we’ll be able to play games in stadiums with fans in them and everything else. We’re going to plan for all the different scenarios. I wish the most important priority, obviously, being people safe and keeping people safe.”

Hard Rock Stadium is also working to establish and maintain a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program. They will also have to provide assurance that proper cleaning work practices are in place and being implemented.

The venue will be working on establishing a framework of communication for the best practices relating to cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention between fans and vendors.

The NFL plans on releasing the upcoming season’s schedule Thursday night on the NFL Network.

New Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will wear No. 1 for the team. He wore No. 13 during his time at the University of Alabama, but that number has been retired by the team to honor Dan Marino.

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