During its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Football Stadium District was updated on safety measures being taken at Empower Field at Mile High.
“By and large, the focus of our time the past several months has been working on preparing the stadium for a return-to-work and then a return-to-events,” Stadium Management Company general manager Jay Roberts said on the Zoom video conference. “We want to make sure we’re in the best possible position to invite as many fans as possible back to the stadium when the time is right and in a safe manner.”
The noteworthy steps:
- The stadium fast-tracked the project for touchless bathroom systems and it will be completed in time for the football season. It includes touchless toilets, sinks and paper towel and soap dispensers.
- Over 500 hand sanitizers, both wall-mounted and stand-alone, will be installed throughout the stadium.
- A system used to efficiently disinfect handrails and steps on the stadium’s escalators will be installed through a process that reduces bacteria.
- Improvements to bipolar air ionization technology in the HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning), which helps clean and reduce allergies.
“We’re not going to throw a whole bunch of money at things that don’t make sense and are temporary or part-time fixes,” Roberts said.
Roberts said the Broncos and the stadium are working with the NFL, local and state government officials and environmental engineering and infectious disease experts at the local and national levels to plan a strategy.
The meeting did not cover how many fans (if any) they expect to welcome to the stadium for the Broncos’ Sept. 14 home opener against the Tennessee Titans or what measures will be taken to get fans through the gates while also adhering to social distancing suggestions/guidelines.
Also during the meeting, Roberts said the Broncos’ team store at Mile High has re-opened.
Inside and around the stadium, Zach Myhra, director of facilities for SMC, said four of the nine main signs have been installed and the project will be completed this month.