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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.

Miami Marlins stadium

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 06: A general view of Marlins Park during Opening Day between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves on April 6, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


OLD BETHPAGE, NY – AUGUST 30: A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York on August 30, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins fans

MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 25: Fans sit in the stands prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park on August 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 10: Miami Marlins perform a socially distanced celebration for the walk off RBI by Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 10, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)