GBAC STAR feather to Golden 1 Center hat


Golden 1 Center receives GBAC accreditation Image: Golden 1 Center

The Golden 1 Center in California (US) announced recently that the arena has been bestowed the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation. Recognized as a gold standard, GBAC STAR is a performance-based accreditation program that means a facility has established the practices, procedures and protocols to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

The Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena located in downtown Sacramento, California, United States. It sits partially on the site of the former Downtown Plaza shopping center.

Said Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart, “The health and safety of our guests and team members is our utmost priority especially as we look toward the future of confidently welcoming fans back in the arena. This accreditation shows our commitment to achieving the highest standards of cleaning and sanitization.”

The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento and their home arena is the Golden 1 Center.

To achieve this accreditation, Golden 1 Center committed to implementing and maintaining a comprehensive system of enhanced cleaning, sanitization and infectious disease prevention that follows the program’s criteria, including risk assessment and mitigation, standard operating procedures (SOPs), personal protective equipment, personnel training, and emergency preparedness and response. The arena has a professional ABM housekeeping team that is familiar with the facility and has created a COVID Task Force to oversee and review all policies and procedures for best practices. In addition, the cleaning and sanitation team has gone through extensive medical grade training on new chemicals and processes helping to drive key elements of the arena’s reopening. This training was completed as the team converted the Kings former arena into a surge hospital. The housekeeping staff maintained medical grade cleanliness while utilizing appropriate PPE for an active virus environment.

Facilities with the GBAC STAR label have demonstrated that they have proven systems in place to limit the impact of future outbreaks, allowing cleaning staff to do their jobs safely and in a streamlined manner, and assuring guests that the facility is implementing the highest cleaning and disinfecting standards. The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches the proper protocols, correct sanitization techniques and cleaning best practices for infectious agents such as COVID-19 which continues to clobber the United States.

Since its opening in 2016, Golden 1 Center has seamlessly blended technology, sustainability, and entertainment – becoming known as the most technologically advanced and most sustainable arena in the world. Within its first year of operation, not only did the arena achieve LEED Platinum Designation – catapulting it to the top three percent of all buildings certified, but is still awarded nationally as a world-class sports and entertainment venue, including recognition as the 2017 Best Elite Facility of Venue Award by Sports Technology Awards, apart from bagging several other awards. The GBAC label is the latest feather to its hat.

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