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SAP Center at San Jose Earns GBAC Star Facility Accreditation

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - SAP Center at San Jose (@SAPCenter) announced today that the venue has received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council's (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation, a performance-based gold-standard designation awarded to facilities that have established practices, procedures, and protocols to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. 

To achieve this accreditation, SAP Center has 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, personal protective equipment, personnel training, and emergency preparedness and response. The arena has a professional 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.  

"Receiving this designation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council validates the hard work and commitment that our team members have put forth over the last several years to keep our facility as one of the cleanest and safest in the world," said SAP Center Senior Vice President and General Manager Jon Gustafson. "The safety of our guests is paramount. The Sharks organization is proud of our team members and thank them for their sustained efforts to keep our venue clean and our guests safe. We look forward to hosting many great sporting events, concerts, and family shows at SAP Center very soon." 

Facilities with the GBAC STAR have proven systems in place to limit the impact of future outbreaks, allow cleaning staff to do their jobs safely and effectively, and assure 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.

The GBAC helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats, and biohazard situations, and real-time crises. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Explore becoming a member of ISSA to access discounts to GBAC programs and services.

This past December, the Sharks announced a partnership with Venuetize, experts in connecting technology ecosystems and delivering cutting-edge, mobile-first and commerce experiences within the sports and entertainment industry, that will allow fans to access mobile ordering and contactless methods of payments through their mobile device when visiting SAP Center.

SAP Center opened its doors on September 7, 1993, when the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus performed the first event in the brand new, state-of-the-art facility. Since that time, the venue has hosted the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Jay-Z, The Three Tenors (Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Jose Carreras), Madonna, Lady Gaga, Prince, Los Tigres Del Norte, The Eagles, and U2.  

SAP Center has also hosted several world-class, championship sporting events, including: the 2016 Stanley Cup Final; the NHL's All-Star Game (1997 & 2019); two Olympic Trials for USA Gymnastics (2012 & 2016); five NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Western Regional Finals (1997, 2002, 2007, 2017 & 2019); the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament (2003-07); 1999 NCAA Division I Women's Final Four; and three U.S. Figure Skating Championships (1996, 2012, & 2018).  

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