NFL stadia as vaccine sites in COVID-smush US



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Mercedes-Benz Stadium administered 25,000 covid-19 vaccine doses Image: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

National Football League (NFL) team Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s vision of making maximum use of Mercedes-Benz Stadium (US) as more than a sports and entertainment venue continues to unfold.

Since early January 2021, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to NFL team Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer (MLS) team Atlanta United, has served as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in order to serve the greater Atlanta community as coronavirus claims half a million lives in the United States and the country begins the vaccine rollout as a weapon against the COVID war.

Likewise, several other NFL stadia in the US are playing a key role as vaccination sites.

The 75,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference South division.

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

Atlanta United FC, commonly known as Atlanta United, is an American professional soccer club based in Atlanta, Georgia (US) that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference.

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men’s professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, which represents the sport’s highest level in the United States and Canada. The league comprises 27 teams – 24 in the US and 3 in Canada – and will expand to 30 teams by the 2023 season.

mercedesbenzstadium.com sources stated that recently, the Fulton County Board of Health reached a great milestone of having administered 25,000 COVID-19 vaccines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Opined Dietmar Exler, Chief Operating Officer (COO), AMB Sports + Entertainment, “We are grateful that we are able to partner with the Fulton County Board of Health on this important initiative and reach 25,000 vaccine doses. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is honored to be a part of this solution and we are committed to keeping our doors open for vaccinations for as long as needed.”

mercedesbenzstadium.com sources added that Exler feels that Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s two million square feet of space is big enough to serve thousands of people a day, while also allowing for social distancing with lot of elbow room. He is also optimistic that 25,000 doses will be the first of many milestones.

“We are hopeful that many more people will be able to get vaccinated at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the coming months, and we believe that we are on the path to helping our community return to normalcy,” the head honcho added.

AMB Sports + Entertainment are a subsidiary of AMB Group LLC, and comprise the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Atlanta United FC.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is presently one of seven NFL stadia serving as a vaccination site – others include the 63,400-capacity State Farm Stadium (multipurpose stadium in Glendale, Arizona, residence of NFL team Arizona Cardinals), the 71,008-capacity M&T Bank Stadium (multipurpose stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, residence of NFL team Baltimore Ravens), the 75,412-capacity Bank of America Stadium (stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, residence of NFL team Carolina Panthers), the 71,795-capacity NRG Park (sports and entertainment complex in Houston, Texas, residence of NFL team Houston Texans), the 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium (multipurpose stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, residence of NFL team Miami Dolphins), and the 65,878-capacity Gillette Stadium (stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, residence of NFL team New England Patriots).

Stadia world over have been playing a pivotal role since COVID-19 let hell loose on the world in 2020 – earlier serving as coronavirus testing sites as well as hospitals – and now playing a key part as vaccination sites.

The NFL stadia in US are putting their best foot forward to help the country come out of the COVID-19 curse by operating as vaccination sites.

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