As Major League Baseball prepares for Opening Day on April 1st, one team is taking an airborne approach to keeping fans safe from exposure to COVID-19. The Miami Marlins have announced a partnership with Florida Pest Control and parent company Rentokil for a drone disinfection program.
The Marlins’ head of experience and innovation Michael Shaw said, “As we prepare to welcome our fans back to Marlins Park, we continue to add health and safety measures that will enhance our guests’ 2021 experience. This partnership with a longstanding industry leader in Rentokil allows us to utilize their state-of-the-art technology to enhance our disinfection process.”
According to the media release, the drone will cover open areas in Marlins Park with “a fast-acting formula” that “inactivates pathogens within four (4) minutes of the drone application, including coronavirus, norovirus, H1N1, SARS, MRSA, swine flu, E. Coli, Salmonella and more.” It sounds like crop dusting.
ESPN reports the Marlins currently intend to cap attendance for home games at roughly 25%. That works out to a maximum of 9,300 spectators in the 37,446-seat Marlins Park. So far, the Texas Rangers are the only MLB team saying they’ll allow 100% capacity at their ballpark.