Tag: COVID-19

HVAC: Clearing the Air

SEE THE LIGHT: Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation units are popular retrofits because they are cost-effective and relatively easy to deploy. (Courtesy Mathias Environmental) There’s still time to find a post-COVID air-quality solution for your venue that will fit your budget, experts say  Air systems at venues have been an especially keen focus of facility operators since the coronavirus pandemic struck, and with good reason. The latest information coming from researchers reinforces what many already believed: The threat of infection is greatest through the air, especially in closed spaces dense with people.  Existing venues large and small have increased the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings and air exchange rates of their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, added virus-zapping ultraviolet germicidal irradiation treatment and even used portable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in office spaces to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens. New […]

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Minor Leagues, Major Decisions

EARLY ARRIVALS: At Luther Williams Field, Georgia’s Macon Bacon were among the first baseball teams with fans in the stands after the shutdown last year. (Courtesy team) Across the country, owners have weighed the wisdom of going dark vs. playing on, all with the goal of making it past the pandemic Ken Young owns five minor league baseball teams, stretching from Norfolk, Virginia, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Every Monday during the pandemic, the general managers of those clubs send him an update on the available cash on hand and whether Young needs to replenish those coffers. Those exchanges are tough to swallow, as they have been for everybody working in sports and entertainment. For Young, who also serves as executive chairman of Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, the losses he incurred from the cancellation of Minor League Baseball in 2020 run in the “multiple millions of dollars.” “I sit around […]

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Is The Vertical Theatre the Answer?

The Vertical Theatre Group, founded in August, is working toward a new venue design that could host profitable live performances with social distancing.

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The NFL Experience, 2020 Style

In the new world of NFL stadium operations during the pandemic, disposable masks and hand sanitizer serve as gate giveaways, cashless is king and concourses are separated into one-way traffic zones.

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‘Give Us a Date!’ U.K. Venues Tell Parliament

Witnesses including musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Melvin Benn of Festival Republic and Lucy Noble of the Royal Albert Hall told the U.K. Parliament on Tuesday that the live events sector needs a target date for resuming fully attended shows to give venues the opportunity to prepare for the return of audiences.

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