Coming to the SEC? Carolina Panthers will use virus-killing robot as fans return to stadium
The state of North Carolina has begun to further roll back coronavirus restrictions this week. One rollback relates to large events, as Governor Roy Cooper announced that beginning Friday, events could take place at outdoor venues, such as stadiums, at a maximum of 7 percent of the venue’s capacity.
That means that Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, can host just over 5,200 fans, 7 percent of the venue’s capacity of 75,253. And to prepare, CNBC reports that the team has called on a company called Xenex on a technology called “LightStrike”, a robot equipped with ultraviolet light that is said to eradicate the SARS-CoV2 virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Xenex, the robot can kill the virus that causes Covid-19 in minutes using “pulsed xenon, a noble gas, to create Full Spectrum, high-intensity UV light that quickly destroys infectious germs.”
The robots cost approximately $125,000 each. Xenex said hospitals that use the robots disinfect up to 60 rooms per day with one unit. Xenex said its claims are backed by a study published by the University of Cambridge in England.
According to CNBC, the Panthers have purchased 2 of the robots from Xenex.
It will be interesting to see if some SEC programs use similar technology in their own stadiums as other states mull the possibility of allowing increased numbers of fans to attend sporting events. Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on the Panthers to see how things work with the Xenex system.