The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced Camping World Stadium has earned its GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation following a comprehensive 20-element program. This certification serves as the gold standard for venues and the program is designed to help facilities establish and maintain detailed best practices, protocols and procedures on cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention associated with infectious agents like COVID-19.

"We are tremendously proud of this achievement because the health and safety of our patrons, athletes, artists, partners and staff remain our highest priority,” said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson. “Securing this important and highly-regarded accreditation bolsters confidence that Camping World Stadium is taking every available precaution to provide a safe environment for everyone.”

“GBAC STAR is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for biorisk situations,” said Patricia Olinger, executive director, Global Biorisk Advisory Council. “Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for business.”

“As the facility maintenance and environmental services provider for the City of Orlando and Orlando Venues, Owens Realty Services supported their team's ability to navigate the global pandemic and develop an effective Emergency Response and Prevention Plan,” said Owens Realty Services President and CEO Robert Owens. “Owens' team of environmental service specialists and industrial hygienists continue to monitor CDC and OSHA guidelines to refine our cleaning and disinfecting scope and ensure the safest and healthiest environment possible.”

“We're proud of the work that the City of Orlando and the Camping World Stadium management team have put in to safely stage events by the end of this unprecedented year," Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said. "This certification represents a significant benchmark for cleanliness in venues, and receiving it is an important step toward providing the safest possible environment for our event participants and attendees."

In order to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, Camping World Stadium completed a rigorous performance-based program with specific guidance criteria that allows the stadium to:

  •  Establish and maintain a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to control and/or minimize risk associated with infectious agents such as SARSCoV-2 (responsible for COVID-19 disease) for employees, customers, the community and the environment.
  • Provide assurance and establish confidence that proper cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention work practices are in place and implemented.
  • Establish a framework for communication and raising awareness of best practices as they relate to cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

Sanitization protocols will be an ongoing standard of practice during bowl games and other live events with or without guests physically present, as well as on days when no events are scheduled.